1 Kings 17:6 A Crazy Way To Provide

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

Eating and drinking is something that everyone needs to do to survive. As a result of needing to do both, people strive hard to figure out how they can have food to eat. Most find jobs to work to be able to provide the money needed to get the food needed.

Doing this can be a challenge for some since their tastebuds are limited. Many want only certain types of food and will not eat anything else.

Elijah had gone to the Kerith Ravine, as God told him to do, and the ravens fed him bread and meat every morning and evening and he drank water from the brook.

Everyone has various types of needs in their life. The most basic needs are food, shelter and clothing. The world desires to have only the best of each of these. Anything less than the best and one is no longer doing great and is a failure. They do not look at what is available right before them and will often reject what is given.

Believers will pray for God to provide for their needs on a regular basis. God, being a God who keeps His promises, will often answer those prayers in the best way for the individual. Many will reject what God is providing because it is not the best in the eyes of the world. Provision is often found in providing what is needed, not always the best, greatest and latest items.

Very few people would be grateful for food provided by ravens on a daily basis. They would fear it would be bad food and complain about it. Yet, that may be just how God provides what is needed. Believers need to see how God may provide and accept it.

You have some needs that you seek God constantly to provide for. Be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit as to how God will provide for those needs.

Do not allow yourself to be greedy or specific minded as the world is and miss what God is providing. If God has provided you with food, shelter and clothing in some crazy way, such as by ravens, do not reject it, but be grateful He is meeting your needs. God may provide in an unusual way.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; that you will trust God’s provision; that you will be grateful for God’s provision; and that you will not complain as to how God provides.

1 Kings 17:6 A Different Way To Provide

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

Ahab had become the king of Israel. He completely walked away from God and started worshipping idols. God sent Elijah, a prophet, to Ahab to tell him there would be no rain for several years because of his sins. Then Elijah was told to go into the wilderness to a brook. While there God had some ravens bring Elijah bread and meat, both in the morning and in the evening so that he could have food to eat. During this time of drought, God provided water in the brook he was staying by.

There are people who work at trying to grow some of their food. While some people are very good at gardening and growing fruits and vegetables, others are better at raising various types of animals for food. Although many people try to provide their own food, many more want to go down to the local grocery store and purchase the food off the shelf. Either way, people want to know where their food came from.

Elijah did not know where his food came from, other than from a raven carrying it in to him. Very few people would be willing to eat food that was brought by a raven. The raven does not wash his claws, does not keep the meat clean or refrigerate it, and keeps the food on the ground in the dirt. Yet, that was the way God provided for Elijah to eat.

God is a big God who is in control of absolutely everything. If you are following Jesus and believing Him, God has already told you that He will provide for your every need. What He has not always told you is how He will provide for that need.

If you are doing everything that God has told you to do, you must then rest in the promise God has made to you to provide for all your needs. Be willing to be open to the different ways God will provide for you. Some of those ways may be very strange and unusual as with Elijah getting food from the ravens.

Are you open and grateful for the ways God provides for you?

Or are you keeping your mind closed to God meeting your needs in His way?

I pray today that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; that you will not turn down any provision God gives you; that you will believe God’s promise to meet all of your needs; and that you will follow God with all of your life.