Scripture: 1 Kings 17:1–16
Key Verse: “And the word of the LORD came to him: ‘Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.’” (1 Kings 17:2–4)
A virtually unknown prophet named Elijah bursts onto the scene and tells King Ahab of God’s consequences for the king’s disobedience—a drought of undetermined length. And only Elijah’s word could bring rain. Then God commands Elijah to immediately go into hiding. It’s a stunning intro to a major character in the Bible.
I think that if I were the prophet Elijah, I certainly would have had some questions about this abrupt move! I might have drawn exception to living beside a creek bed and having birds bring me food. I’m sure I would be asking, “Would the ravens pick out things I like to eat? Would it be enough to fill me up? Did the birds sanitize their little beaks before picking up the food?” Perhaps all of this sounds crazy, but don’t we do it today—question God’s plans? I know we do.
Change like this can bring upheaval, uncertainty, fear, and a whole bucket of other emotions. Elijah was human, so I’m guessing he went through some strong emotions with his new life as well. But he knew God’s goodness, provision, and plan was even greater than his feelings of instability! So I have to ask, “Am I willing to place God’s plan above my own comfort?” Or maybe the question is, “Can I find comfort in God’s plan, knowing God is reliable?” Like Elijah, we can agree that this kind of change isn’t easy, by any stretch of the imagination. But we get to do and see some amazing things when we are obedient to God.
Why is change so hard? Why do you think God doesn’t give us everything we ask for? What does trusting in God’s goodness mean to you?
Make a list of the concerns you have about an upcoming change in your life. Be totally honest. Go through the list and ask god to help you trust him to take care of each detail, as you face this change.
Lord, I confess that I don’t understand everything that is happening around me. I am hard pressed to even talk to you. Would you help me to see your goodness in all of this? Help me to have a positive outlook and submit to you the helplessness I sometimes feel. Help me to be obedient like Elijah. Thank you that you are my stable rock in the midst of life’s uncertainties. Amen.