1 Kings 17:6-9 (NASB) The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he would drink from the brook. It happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
In verses 3-4 of this chapter, God had commanded Elijah to
go to the brook Cherith and drink from it, and for the ravens to provide for
him there. So, Elijah was where God had commanded him to be – for a season. As
we see here in verses 6-9, the brook dried up, and God commanded Elijah to move
on down the road.
God didn’t make a mistake by sending Elijah to Cherith. There
was provision for him there, for a time. The brook dried up, and the place of
provision changed (but not the Provider). What can we learn from Elijah’s dry
brook experience? We need to follow the command of the Lord. God may have
ravens and a brook to provide for you during the drought, but when the brook
dries up, you need to be attentive to the voice of the Lord.
Just because God called you to a certain place in the past
doesn’t mean He’s calling you to stay there now. We, as followers of the Most
High, must know His voice. Sometimes He may create streams in the desert. Other
times He may be telling you to get down the road to Zarephath, where a widow
woman is waiting with provision from the Lord. Not only does she have provision
for you, but you likewise will be a blessing to her house. Read the entire 17th
chapter when you have a chance.
Know when God is calling you to another place of provision.
Recognize when the brook has dried up. Elijah trusted God in both places, and
God proved Himself in both places. Like Elijah, we need to be in the right
place at the right time to receive from the Lord.