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Did you know that sometimes that happens in our lives as well? Our brook may dry up. We may not be eating steak and potatoes every night, we may not be living high on the hog, but our needs are being taken care of, but then just suddenly, our brook dries up. Our job may not be the best but our needs are being taken care of, our marriage may not be the best, but our needs are being taken care of, things may not be the best, but our needs are being taken care of, but then suddenly, without warning, our brook dries up. What we thought was going to continue, what we took for granted, suddenly is gone. Some scholars believe that the ravens may have just brought Elijah bread and some type of meat, some think that the ravens may have partially digested the food and regurgitated it for him to eat. Whatever it was it sustained him for a long period of time but then suddenly the brook dried up. The Bible says that this occurred because there was no rain in the land, but what I want you to see was that God was still in control. If God can command ravens, He could have commanded that brook to continue to flow, even during dry times. God watered a million Israelites and their flocks in the desert with enough water, surely He could have watered one man for a period of time. However it was not the will of God that Elijah stay at Cherith, for there were still greater miracles to perform. Elijah doesn’t raise the dead at Cherith, he does where God is calling for him to go. There were greater miracles in store for Elijah and that was why God was moving him from Cherith to someplace else.
When your brook dries up, it may well be because God has some greater miracles in store for you and that may be the only way God has of getting you to move. I want to share with you several lessons found in this passage of scripture on when your brook dries up. These are lessons that we need to learn if we ever expect the blessings of God to rest upon us.
I. THE IMPERATIVENESS OF OBEDIENCE.
1. It is imperative that we learn obedience to God.
1 Kings 17:5 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD:
1 Kings 17:10 So he arose and went to Zarephath.
2. We could say a lot about the type of person Elijah was. Just a couple of weeks ago, I preached on Elijah from out of the book of James. James described him as being a man “subject to like passions,” just as we are. I told you then and I’ll tell you now, that Elijah was no super duper man. There were times that he struggled with discouragement and there were times that he struggled with depression, even to the point that he wanted to die. He was a man that struggled with a lot of the same things that we do, he had his highs and they were very high and he had his lows and they were very low.
3. However, there is one thing that I want you to see about Elijah, his life was marked by obedience. Every time that God said to do something, Elijah did it.
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