One of the most important things the Lord has ever revealed to me about grace and provision is taken from the Book of Elijah the prophet.

After Elijah predicts to King Ahab that there would be a drought in the land, the Lord to him to go to the brook Cherith… He told Ahab that it would not rain in Israel for 3 more years. There had already been a drought for 6 months. This was punishment by God because of the wickedness of Ahab and Queen Jezebel.  “Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe[a] in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” 1 Kings 17:1

Let’s take a look at what I says:

And the word of the Lord came to him: “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 1 Kings 17:2-4

God fed Elijah from the brook and through the ravens.

"So he went and did according to the word of the Lord. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land." 1 Kings 17:5-7

God used unlikely means to provide for Elijah.  Learn to appreciate the grace God gives you…

Elijah’s provision wasn’t where he was, in Gilead; it was where God told him to go! The Brook of Cherith was God’s grace to Elijah – his provision – what he needed at that time to sustain him.

In verse 4, God said “I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”

God is able to give you all that you need so that you do not have to rely on your own strength. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Elijah obeyed the command to go to the brook and he stayed until God clearly told him to leave.

Years ago, I remember the Lord giving me a word to enter into full-time ministry. I believe God had a plan for my life and so I embarked on a faith journey.  At the time I had a good paying job, nice house, family, and friends I had to leave. I know my family and friends thought I was crazy, but I couldn’t let the security of those things keep me from taking a step of faith because I couldn’t see how God was going to provide. 73c2192d2303bd361ce7c44035fda7fcGod didn’t send the provision for our needs to where I was at the time, but to where He told me to go!  
If I hadn’t obeyed, stepped out, and done what He told me to do, He still would have provided, but I would have missed out on an opportunity to for ministry, and preparation for where He was taking me in the future. 

Have you ever worried about having enough? Have you ever wondered whether God will provide? Will you be able to pay your bills, feed your family, keep your job and/or maintain your health? The Bible promises that God will supply all of our needs (Philippians 4:19), and the story of Elijah gives us a fascinating picture of provision.

In my own life there have been times I worried about having enough.  As a single mother of two there were times I wondered whether God would provide, whether I would be able to pay my bills and feed my family.  It wasn't always easy but throughout those times I learned to trust in God’s provision for us.

It was during that time the Lord said to me:

“I can not only meet all of your needs; but will meet all of your needs in a spectacular way because I AM with you and will never leave you without support.  I AM your provider, your healer, your refuge, your strength, your fortress, your source, your God and your supply.  I AM our advocate, your judge, and your guide. I AM everything you need.”

Hallelujah! He has never forsaken me nor left me without support.

In this process I had to develop the ability to discern and recognize God’s provision for us.  When a need would arise, I couldn't tell my children, “Oh, I can’t afford it.”  I had to seek God’s provision if it was something we needed.  One of the worst things I dislike is hearing a Christian say "Oh, I’m just barely getting by,” as though that is a sign of true humility.  And yet His Word clearly says to us that He will never see the righteous forsaken nor they’re see begging bread. "I have been young, and now am old,  yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. Psalm 37:25

I’ll share this little testimony of God’s grace and goodness.  Once I was sharing a story about God's grace and provision at a Bible Study.  I recall saying although we were “poor” by the world’s standard the Lord always provided and we never missed a meal.  Later, my youngest son said to me, “I didn’t know we were poor?” Praise God!  Actually we were rich in abundant grace.  How awesome is our God! “…to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:6

The Bible is full of inspiring assurances of how God will provide for his followers. God is always fully aware of our needs and the word of God tells us that He wants us to come to Him with all of our cares and worries. Many people seek God for physical needs, but forget to seek His provision for spiritual and emotional needs.  All Scriptures referenced below are taken from the English Standard Version. 

“Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!” Luke 12:24

“Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?” Job 38:41

“The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalms 34:10

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” Matthew 6:31-32

Whenever God provided it was never in the same way.  When you need God’s provision, don’t lock yourself into how you think God is going to do it. God never stays locked in to one way of doing things.

Just as God provided for Elijah, He will provide for you. He may do it in ways that seem strange. He may move you to a new place or position in order to provide. But no matter what means of provision God uses, the truth is, He sees you and wants to care for you. He is generous, kind, and fully able to meet your needs. 

Yes, God provides! Will you trust His provision?

May you be abundantly blessed!