Did Your Brook Dry Up?

1 Kings 17:1-8 KJV  “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.
[7] 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,”

God tells Elijah to go hide himself near a brook. God has birds bring him food and he has the water from the brook for water. But notice, after a while the brook dries up. What does Elijah do? He moves. Sometimes we look at our job or career as our brook God provided.

God opens doors for us to work in certain fields and everything goes fine for years. But one day comes when the brook dries up. Some people get mad at God and walk away from the Lord. Others try to think their way into relief by doing things on a whim including,  taking any job they can, even if it is not what God is directing.

The interesting thing with Elijah, right after the brook dried up was one of Elijah’s greatest moments. It was after the brook dried up when Elijah said,

1 Kings 18:19 KJV  “Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.”

And the rest of 1 Kings 18 shows how God used Elijah and Israel saw the mighty hand of God work, after the brook dried up. Then after that, Jezebel hears her (false) prophets were killed by God through Elijah. So Jezebel threatens to kill Elijah.

We live where our head is. In 1 Kings 19 we saw Elijah ran from Jezebel and God sent his angels to help Elijah. If you live with a fear of loosing your house, your job, your health and such, you are living in fear. If you truly know you are a believer, a child of God, even if your brook dries up, God has something else for you to do.

Like Elijah was tired and God sent angels to help him, our life is not over just because we get worn out.

When you get weary and your brook dries up, it is usually a time of transition. If you stick with God during these times, like Elijah, you will know it is God sending his angels to help you. You will know the Holy Spirit is comforting and strengthening you.

When your brook dries up and you are weary, it is generally a time of transition. Elijah wanted to die and he even asked God to take his life. Our life is like the seasons. Just because you have gone through your springtime, youth where you planted a lot of seeds, and passed through your summertime, time of growth and seeds bringing forth their fruit, and move into the autumn of your life, it is harvest time.

If you planted good seeds through life or not, you still have a harvest. But notice after harvest time is winter. And after harvest we still have gleanings. Those late comers from your seeds are your gleanings.

Just because a brook dries up or you enter another season in your life, you always have the opportunity to do something for the Lord. It most likely will not be the same as your labours during spring and summer or autumn but, God still has something he wants you to do or you would not be here.

Like Elijah, after everything else and his time on earth was coming to an end, he met Elisha. He taught Elisha. And when Elisha saw how God was with Elijah and how God worked through Elijah, then

2 Kings 2:9-12 KJV  “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
[10] And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless , if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so .
[11] And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
[12] And Elisha saw it , and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.”

Friend, when your brook dries up, it is usually a time of transition. Pray and ask God to strengthen you and direct you to your next assignment. Remember,  we are a vessel for God to work through to accomplish his will, not our will.

Until next time.

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