The Lord is my Provider
Character in a time of crisis Day Two
1 Kings 17:4 ” You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”
One of the great names of God in Old Testament Scripture is Jehovah Jireh meaning ‘the Lord Provides’. This comes from the stirring incident on Mount Moriah recorded in Genesis 22 when Abraham in obedience offers Isaac his son as a sacrifice to God. God stops Abraham from doing so and shows Abraham and Isaac, a ram caught in a thicket, which was truly God’s provision for them.
In these opening verses of the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 17:1-7, we see God providing for His servant Elijah in equally remarkable ways. In the earlier part of the passage, Elijah, in obedience to God, presents himself to Ahab, to declare to him the word of the Lord. “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 ESV) He stands before God as one in His service and comes to declare God’s will to this king who had rejected the God of Israel.
Elijah declares a drought, which will continue until God says otherwise through him. This was a direct challenge to Ahab and his queen Jezebel, who was a worshipper of Baal, the Canaanite god who was supposed to control the elements of nature such as fire and rain. The effect of this was as Jeff Lucas puts it like” a Spiritual stun grenade going off in the palace of Samaria “.
Elijah leaves, and in response to the word of God is lead East of the Jordan river. There He is fed morning and evening at God’s command by Ravens. This is strange and miraculous in many ways. Ravens themselves were not to be eaten (Lev 11:15; Dt 14:14) and the meat they usually ate was also forbidden food (Lev 7:24; Dt 14:21; Eze 4:14) . Ravens would normally eat any such food rather than carry it to someone else. This shows at the very beginning of his ministry how God supernaturally undertakes for Elijah.
Elijah is provided for whilst residing in a strange and unfamiliar place, and brought food
Have we ever thought about the myriad of different ways in which God is to each of us our Jehovah Jireh the God who provides? Each day whether we appreciate this or not, we experience the Lord as our Provider, no matter where we might find ourselves the beneficiaries of God’s benevolent care. He is truly our Good Shepherd who provides for His flock, with health, food, clothing, shelter, family, community, warmth, peace and so many more examples too.
nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17 ESVST)
The most exceptional example of God providing for His people is seen in Jesus the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ ( John 1:29)