1st Kings 17 5-9
5″ So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food”
Have you been at a season in your life where you were just ENJOYING the blessings and the favour of God and then suddenly…it got INTERRUPTED?
Think about it you finally got that great paying job , student grant ,or the opportunity to FINALLY book a vacation because God knows you been working like a slave all year.
Then all ALL OF A SUDDEN the company lays you off your job , the airline goes out of business before you could take the vacation and the college decides there not giving any more hand outs to students so now that student grant isnt available to you.
Seems a bit dramatic doesn’t it? For all of this to occur at once to someone.
I mean….why would God allow this to happen, when he knew that it was something you really needed ?
Im sure Elijah had these same questions when he came back from the scorching sun to see the very thing that God provided him with was gone.
THE BROOK CHERITH DRIED UP !!!!!!
Not a drop of water was in sight! Elijah probably said to God “Why did you send me the ravens or give me this well to drink from if you were going to deprive me of it later“?
Today I know you’ve asked God the same question. Im not sure what your “brook” may have been but what I am certain of is that you had A DIVINE INTERRUPTION from God himself. No it was not the Devil….. it was GOD!
God has to interrupt our daily program in order to get our attention and better than that to move us from one place to another
We have no way of knowing how long God tested His prophet by the barren brook. For a time, at least, Elijah had to wait in faith.
It probably seemed that all the promises were failing. God had abandoned him to an agonizing death in the parched wilderness. But as he lingered and listened, God spoke these words, “Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee” (1 Kings 17:9).
WOW so God closed one door so that He could open another one? Elijah had lingered there long enough he probably got too comfortable (like most of us) God had another experience waiting for him in Zarephath. God’s brooks always dry up because there only meant to transition us from one season to another and in that we can go from Glory to Glory.
Were not called to stay in the same place all the time or to rest in mediocrity the remainder of our days. Zarephath was better than the Brook Cherith but I believe God closed up Cherith before he revealed Zarephath to Elijah
While your waiting on your Zarephath( your miracle) are you waiting in faith or wavering with doubt? Your Faith has to be tested in order for you to be perfected.
Excellence requires testing and what better teacher do we have than life itself. God uses Experience to shape us!
Are you a Visionary or a Wishful Thinker?
Living In your head is such a dangerous thing. It can cripple your reality if you’re not working towards your goal or making progression towards the vision.
Wishful thinking fools you into thinking what exists in your head is more than a figment of your imagination.
Often times all we create in our mind stays in the mind then slowly that new innovative idea withers away with the rest of our puffed up thoughts , then it never yielded tangible evidence.
The word of God makes it clear to us in James 2;14 that faith without works is dead. “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action is dead“
The question I want to propose to you today is, what kind of faith do you have, does it reflect that of a noun or verb? We ‘ve been taught the differences between Nouns and Verbs and their differences are simple.
A Noun is just a word , that word can be either a person ,place or thing but a Verb is( an action word). The Verb is what ultimately what brings us to the Noun . Any body could talk about the things that they want or places they want to go but they will never achieve it if there is no movement in their life .
The same can be said about our faith. If faith is just talked about (like a noun) without action(the verb) we wont accomplish or move forward in our lives.
In the book of Ruth Naomi had to leave a familiar yet dry and fruitless land called Moab behind in order to get to the place that God wanted her to be in. She stepped out in faith by moving from one land to another. She didn’t see the harvest that she heard about but she took the chance and went towards the promise
Ruth 1:6 -7
6 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread. 7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.
For all we know the land could have been just like Moab (dry and fruitless full of misery and bad experiences) but she chose to Activate her faith and move despite of the way she felt
Look at where you are today. Have you activated that kind of faith as yet? Have you applied for that job or perhaps took those extra classes? What about your relationship with God and our self? Do you put aside time to commune with God daily ?Do you set some time aside for yourself so you can work towards the vision and ideas God has deposited in you?
People who are successful at accomplishing personal goals, visions and assignments understand a vision without strategy and action will generate no substantial outcome.
There is a huge difference between wanting something to happen and following a systematic approach for making it happen.
Steps to success
1. Execute – Work towards the vision God has deposited in you (James 2:14) What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no works? Can such faith save them? ) But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” Jame 1;22
2. Trial and Error- Much of life is a process of trial and error (James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to.
3. Personal life coaching/counseling- Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.( Proverbs 19:20-21 )Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. 21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails
Maybe its time for some changes starting today! We cant keep reading the word of God day after day without any action being put into place. James 1:22 Encourages us to not only hear and read the word of God but to also do what it says through action and deeds and by this we could avoid living a fruitless life
After reading this today I want you to Activate your Faith then Put that Faith into ACTION!