There’s a lot of meat in these short seven verses of 1 Kings 17. We see a God ordained drought that Elijah predicts, proving that the One True God that he worships is more powerful and sovereign over Baal because only God controls all of nature and life, not the false gods that they worshipped. We also see the provision of our Lord as he tells Elijah that he will drink from a brook and be fed by the ravens as he was commanded to hide east of the Jordan during the drought. Yes, you read that right. He would be fed bread and meat by the ravens. Beggars can’t be choosers, but I wonder if those ravens brought him a good ribeye or two in that time of provision. But beyond God’s proving and provision, the biggest thing that stuck out to me in this passage can be found in verse 5 where God’s Word says:
So he went and did according to the word of the LORD.
This particular verse stuck out to me because I noticed how Elijah didn’t hesitate to obey what God commanded him but instead he WENT and DID according to God’s Word. This was an audible word from God at that time but it should be no different for us as we read God’s written word. He still speaks and as Elijah did, we should instantly obey. Elijah was content with the water from the brook and his new dinner companions, the ravens in the sky. He just obeyed whatever God commanded him and personally this is a lesson we all need to heed. When God speaks, we obey. What is it that God has been saying to you as of lately that you’ve been having a hard time obeying?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor