[PROVIDENCE] 1 Kings 17.1-7 06.24.2018
CFA | Pastor Tracy Cook
TEXT 1 Kings 17.1-7 ESV
1Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe 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.” 2 And the word of the Lord came to him: 3 “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 4 You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 5 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. 6 And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 7 And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
Providence/ divine guidance or care; the quality or state of being provident
Providing/ to supply or make available (something wanted or needed)
- PROVIDENCE COMES NATURALLY AND SUPERNATURALLY.
- 1 Kings 19.5-6; Exodus 4.2; Luke 6.38; Philippians 4.19; Matthew 6.25-34; Psalm 68.19
- TROUBLE COMES EVEN TO THOSE IN THE MIDDLE OF GOD’S WILL.
- Job, Job 1.21
- Paul, 2 Corinthians 11; 12.9-10
- Peter, 1 Peter 4.12-13, 16, 19
- Jesus, Matthew 5.45
- THE SOURCE OF GOD’S PROVISION MAY SHIFT.
Romans 8.28 ESV28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Three things to do when your brook dries up:
- Check your heart.
- Recognize that God’s provision comes, but sometimes from a new source
- Follow God’s direction.
Psalm 103.1-5 ESV
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.