1 Kings 17:8-10
8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath.
We all enjoy the comforts of familiar environments, faces, and places. It is soothing to have expectations that are continuously met, to know what to anticipate and plans that execute. However, it also brings complacency that eliminates the thrill and adventure that life brings.
If you have looked into the “good book” a.k.a. the bible you will find that there is limited solace found for the characters. In fact, the bible starts off with the world in a chaotic state. The stories take us from beautiful gardens to departures and forbidden locales, to floods and destruction, to towers built and people scattered all in the first 11 chapters. There is intrigue and invention, turmoil and triumph, disarray, and dedication, but more importantly there is always a plan.
In the text in 1 Kings, Elijah has spoken “no rain” and brought about a famine in the land. This proclamation had far reaching implications and affected inhabitants both near and far. However, God made provision for Elijah. Elijah was outside of the comforts of his home in most likely non luxurious conditions, but provisions were supplied and by the most unlikely of participants. Once the brook dried up, he was given a command from God to get up and move again further away from his home and deeper into a place foreign to him. God advised him that he must dwell there and that there was again a most unlikely person who will provide for him, there. If Elijah had determined to stay at the brook he would have died because the source was no longer there.
We must learn the lesson of moving past the things that make us comfortable. God is always moving and shaking things up; therefore, flexibility is key. When he calls us to get there it behooves us to rise up and begin the journey to the next place He has called us to. We cannot make permanent plans to remain because of how we feel. God may determine to move us forward to a new “there” and until we get there we will not see the supply or experience provision. V/R,