Monday, June 02, 2008

Daily Scripture Reading - 1 King 17
Elijah tells Ahab that there will be no rain for three years. As soon as he speaks these words to Ahab, the Lord sends him away to hide by the brook Cherith. While there, the Lord provides bread for Elijah by ravens. The providing of bread to Elijah is by a bird that is a scavenger. They will literally eat anything. We have to remember that all of creation is under the command of our Lord. The ravens do not eat the bread, but bring it to Elijah. The Lord provision is also seen by the protection that God has given to Elijah from Ahab. In the next chapter when Elijah meets the prophet Obadiah, we learn another truth of God's provision. Obadiah tells Elijah that there is not a nation or kingdom that Ahab has not searched for Elijah. The entire three years Elijah is just east of the Jordan river. Our Lord provides food, water, and shelter to Elijah in the midst of a three year drought.
The words of Jesus are very appropriate at this point. Matthew 6: 31Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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