The Day The Brook Dried-Up
“And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.” (1 Kings 17:1-9)
Today’s Morsel: Because there had been no rain in the land for some time, God had sent this drought as a testimony against the idolatry of the people, and finally the brook that Elijah himself had enjoyed drinking from dried-up. Elijah had prayed and had told them that it would not rain until he said that it would rain again. Water was a precious commodity at that time. And now the brook dried up. But God sends Elijah to Zarephath and tells him that he has a woman there to sustain him. And he was cared for. In Luke 4, Luke records that after Jesus was tempted by the devil, he came into the synagogue and they asked him to read the scripture for that day. Jesus completed it by saying that the scripture He had just read was fulfilled in their hearing. When they desired to put Jesus out of the synagogue, He told them, “Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.” (Luke 4:24-26) I believe that Jesus was trying to get them to see that the same way that He took care of Elijah and the widow, He was now there to care for them. But they rejected Him, and now their brook was dried up. Jesus does not want you to be without. He wants to be your brook so that you can continue drinking and never thirst again.
Sing: Drinking at the springs of living water, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy. Drinking at the springs of living water, a wonderful and bountiful supply.
Thought For Today: Jesus is the spring of living water.