November 9, 2012

Does God drive a snowplow?

Those who say that being a Christian is boring or not fun have no idea what they are talking about. Today we are heading out to a funeral in another city. I say heading out because the roads are listed as “poor” and if that is true (sometimes it isn’t), we will turn around and come home. However, in this adventure called life, both of us feel that God wants us to go.

Today’s devotional takes me to this Old Testament passage about Elijah. In these few verses, God tells this man to go somewhere, not once but twice. And Elijah does what he is told. 

Now Elijah… 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.” And the word of the Lord came to him: “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 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. And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath… (1 Kings 17:1–10)

Obedience does not necessarily mean an easy path. The drought that Elijah predicted affected him too. He was sent into a remote place and fed by ravens. Did he wonder every day if these birds would show up?

Eventually, his source of water dried up and God told him to move on to another place. The widow that fed him had enough for one meal, but under the power of God, she was able to take care of herself, her son — and Elijah for many days. His path was difficult, but the care of God was sufficient.

For us, travelling today is a bit of an experiment. My husband says we will test the road conditions. If we can do it, we will go to the funeral. After reading about Elijah, is this also an experiment in faith? 

Certainly the God of Elijah is also our God and when He wants a path travelled, He is able to make it possible and provide whatever is needed. 

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