Elijah the prophet had obeyed God and ordered it to stop raining on Israel. This really pissed off that wicked king Ahab, husband of Jezebel. Then God told Elijah, “Get out of here, fast. Head east and hide out at the Kerith Ravine on the other side of the Jordan River. You can drink fresh water from the brook; I’ve ordered the ravens to feed you.” (1 Kings 17).
OK, pause the story.
Ravens? God, don’t you remember that Ravens are an unclean bird according to your OWN law? If you can command birds to bring your servant food, then why did you choose an unclean bird? Why not a dove? You seem to like doves.
Times are going to keep getting tougher. The financial crisis is just the beginning, I believe. The world is going to get so desperate that they are going to be willing to accept very drastic measures to balance the books and to ensure peace between warring nations. Things are not going to get better. Brace yourselves.
BUT there is good news. Amazing news!! God is your Provider. Obama is right about this point, “you didn’t build that”… that’s right, God did. Every bite of food you enjoy comes from God. Every penny in your bank account comes from God. Every drop of rain that falls from the sky onto thirsty farm land and fire ravaged forests comes from God. He is your Provider.
In America things could get a whole lot worse. We still have a lot of belt tightening that could happen. So when things start getting scary, I want you to remember Elijah and the Ravens. If God could feed his prophet by having birds bring him food, he can miraculously provide for you too. If God can provide manna from Heaven and water from a rock for his people wandering in the wilderness, then he can meet your daily needs too. If Jesus can multiply a child’s sack lunch to feed thousands of men, women and children, then he can feed you and your family too. If Jesus can order Peter to catch a fish and scoop out the coin in his mouth to pay for their taxes, then God can supply your needs financially as well. (Matthew 17:27)
Yes, I’m sure you have places where your excess needs to be trimmed, but when you start to see the signs of very scary times coming, YOU ARE NOT TO FEAR. You are to run to God and trust him to provide for you. If God provided before he can do it again. Fear not. (Matthew 6:25-34)