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Monday, January 16, 2017

Unusual Provision

Then the LORD said to Elijah, “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.” 

So Elijah did as the LORD told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land. 

Then the LORD said to Elijah, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”

‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭17:2-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“If only the LORD had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions...

That evening vast numbers of quail flew in and covered the camp. And the next morning the area around the camp was wet with dew. When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground. The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was. And Moses told them, “It is the food the LORD has given you to eat.”

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭16:3-4, 13-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬


God is not limited, nor can He be put in a box. He promises to provide for us, but He is also extremely creative, as well. Trusting God doesn't mean He'll do things our way. He does it His way. And His way will always be the most amazing and most unusual way! Look how He fed Elijah. Look how He provided for the Israelites! Birds feeding people? Food made from morning dew!? Amazing! Trusting God may not always feel easy, but it's always the most exciting. And in the end, we are not only provided for, but we also have a better understanding of who our God is and how much He cares for and loves us!

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