6th September 2018

When Nothing Else is Left… 

“It happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.”
1 Kings 17:7 (AMP)

In 1 Kings chapter 17, we read that Elijah the prophet had been sent on a special mission by God to warn King Ahab that his nation would be punished for its wickedness; no rain would fall for three and a half years. The King was livid and Elijah had to leave town. But God had the solution—he told his prophet, “Go from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordon [River]. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to sustain you there [with food]” (Verses 3-4). In effect, God was saying, “I have told you to go there; I have a purpose for you being there and I will provide for you there.”

No doubt Elijah was elated, He would be safe there from the wrath of the king, from the drought and God was going to look after him, but one morning he noticed that the level of water in the brook was lower than before; I’m sure he thought to himself, ‘Surely this brook will not fail, I’m here by God’s command and he has promised to look after me!’ But as we read above, the brook did dry up! God wanted to teach Elijah not to trust in the brook but in Him! When all physical resources are exhausted; God remains!

Perhaps many of us are sitting by a dried up brook today—a broken home, financial reverses, health problems, relationship difficulties, etc. But hopefully at our dried up brooks, we come to realise that God is the only one who is sufficient. These things teach us about our need for “faith in Christ Jesus [how you lean on Him with absolute confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness]” (Colossians 1:4). We also learn whether we love God for what he gives to us or for who he is. Job 22:21 urges us to “yield and submit yourself to him [agree with God and be conformed to His will] and be at peace. In this way [you will prosper and great] good will come to you.”

Bottom line: when nothing is left except God, we find out that he is all we need!

Prayer
Thank you, Holy Father, that through your love and grace we can come to the point in our lives when we love you for who you are and not for what you give us.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk