God's Faithfulness

    1 Kings 17:1-6, And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. 2 And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, 3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. 5 So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.”

 

    Elijah was a prophet of God who followed the Lord’s command, and told the wicked king Ahab, that there was going to be no rain. This meant that there would be famine in the land because they would have no real way to water their crops. However, due to the fact that Elijah was obedient to the Lord, God was faithful to him and provided for him no matter where he went. Could you just imagine being by a brook and all of the sudden a bird gives you food to eat?!?! But, that is exactly what happened! If we are faithful to God He will certainly be faithful to us. We must first be obedient and dedicated to him regardless of the trials and hardships we might face. Yes, at times, it is hard, but God will always be with us through it all. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus tells his disciples right before He ascended back into Heaven these words, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” You will notice that first He tells them that He has all power, then He issues a commandment. God will never tell us to do something without His power. He will equip us before, during, and after He sends us! The last thing He told them before He went up into the clouds, was the fact He would always be with them even unto the end of the world. So, since the word has not ended, that includes us! Though, we cannot see Him, we can feel His presence and know He is there with us, through everything that we face.

    Now, let’s go back to the Prophet Elijah. He did as the Lord commanded, and yet the brook dried up due to no rain. He could have questioned God, and asked why God didn’t perform a miracle and keep water in the brook. However, as we are about to find out, there was some other people that needed God’s provision as well. God was going to use Elijah to do it. Elijah just waited until God told him what to do. 1 Kings 17:7-16, “And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 8 And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, 9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. 11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. 12 And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. 13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. 14 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. 15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. 16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.” Now, looking back, we know what God had in mind. However, Elijah didn’t know before hand, and the widow women certainly didn’t either. She could have argued or even ignored Elijah. She already said that she only had a handful of meal and a little oil, and yet Elijah told her to make him a cake first. I probably would have thought hard about that. But, she did it promptly, believing that God would do what He said He would do for her and her son. I do believe God tested her faith by having her make Elijah a little cake first. God can perform the miraculous when we believe His word and His faithfulness! But, we must prove it by our attitudes and our actions. God is so faithful and it is beyond our comprehension. Psalm 36:5 says, “Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.” Psalm 119:89-90 says, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. 90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.” His faithfulness fills this vast universe, and His word and His faithfulness, will last for ever, and be there for every generation. This shows that His faithfulness is so great and so big, that everyone that has lived in the past, living now, or will live in the future can experience His faithfulness! So, when we are not sure how we are going to make it or what will happen to us, we can rely on God and his vast faithfulness. The following scriptures are great scriptures for us to cling too. I thought they were too good not to share!

    Lamentations 3:22-26 (KJV), “It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”

   Isaiah 41:10 (KJV), “ Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

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