God’s Man for Life [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — January 11, 2019
Are you ready for some good news?
God miraculously provides for His children in times of “drought.”
Today’s Texts: “And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.” (1 Kings 17:6, ESV)
“Then the word of the Lord came to him, ‘Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.’” (1 Kings 17:8–9, ESV)
When facing times of lack, we’re tempted to think God has left us alone, but in reality, God is most present in the times of drought.
The seventeenth chapter of 1 Kings chronicles different but parallel proofs of God’s commitment to provide for His children. He provides ravens to bring food to Elijah. Then God provides a poor widow of Sidon to feed the prophet. In the midst of the gift to Elijah, the Lord also provides food for the widow and then, most remarkably, He gives the gift of restored life to the widow’s son.
Elijah was in the middle of a long drought that God would end with the sound of the rushing of rain three years later. God can (and will) end every drought, but as the drought tarries, God provides.
When the Apostle Paul pleaded with God to remove his “thorn” (a chronic, harassing demonic spirit), God denied the request but issued a prevailing promise: “My grace is sufficient for you...” (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV). Of course, God could have stamped out the spiritual persecution that plagued Paul. And of course, Christ will one day return and end the spiritual battles you face. But now, in this “in between” time before Christ’s return, God provides miraculous grace for you to face the searing heat and drought of any wilderness.
When you face a drought – when the ease and comfort of life dries up – it isn’t a sign that God has abandoned you. Quite the opposite, God uses droughts to prove His presence. When we want the thorn removed, sometimes God leaves it and instead gives us His power. When we want the drought ended, sometimes God leaves it and instead feeds us by the ravens. God doesn’t provide for you by removing all your challenges; He provides for you by giving you ample grace to face the challenges. If you were never hungry, how would you find an appetite for food? If you were never in a drought, how would you ever savor the sweetness of cool water? If you’re facing a drought, it’s not a sign of God’s absence; it’s a promise of God’s presence. And that’s the Gospel!