When a prophet preaches the Word of God to his nation or to his church he must realize that word will affect his life too. Elijah was certain to find this out shortly after he pronounces judgment by drought upon Israel, and king Ahab.
We also find that the LORD takes care of those He calls, and equips as well. When Elijah told Ahab of the drought coming God already had a place for the prophet to go; to a brook; and there he would have water to drink and bathe, and God would send ravens with “bread and flesh” to eat in the morning and evening.
“And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, ‘Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.’ 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. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.” 1 Kings 17:2-7 (KJV)
For those who have a problem with the Sovereignty of God, and His directing the affairs of this world, we need to hear what the Word of God says here. “I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there”. The LORD has the perfect place already for the prophet. The prophet must be obedient to the LORD’S leading and follow.
It does not occur to preachers some times, but what we preach affects us too. Even if you are not a preacher, but are a follower of Jesus Christ the Word of God is for you too. You can obey God and His Word; or you can be disobedient and completely miss God’s provision for your life.
God’s provisions are more bountiful and wonderful than anything our disobedience can give us.
Elijah did as God commanded went to Cherith, which flowed by the Jordan. I cringe a little when I think of having ravens bring bread and flesh to eat. However, what God provides He cleanses. What He blesses is good to eat.
The LORD of creation still commands the birds of the air, the fish of the sea (think of Jonah here), the beast of the forest, the cattle in the fields and upon the Thousand Hills Ranch :). He still blesses His preachers, prophets, and His people who will trust Him in drought and in flood. He provides by His own hand.
Commanding ravens and feeding prophets is no problem for the one who is Lord of all.
Teach me LORD.
-Tim A. Blankenship