God Will Provide
Before I even begin this blog post can we take a moment to give thanks to the Lord for who he is? I am constantly in awe of our loving father and because today’s blog post is basically God breathed, it only seems fitting to start it off on this note.
You’re going to want your Bible handy for today’s blog post! If you don’t have one handy, no worries! Links to each passage will be provided.
Last night, I felt a tugging on my heart to stop what I was doing and to spend time in the word. So I asked God to direct me to the book and chapter that he wanted me to study and I felt strongly that he was directing me to read Kings 17.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Bible, there are 2 books by the name of Kings; 1 Kings and 2 Kings. I wasn’t feeling a tug to one book in particular so I decided to study both and what happened next truly blew my mind.
If you have your Bible handy, turn to and mark 1 Kings Chapter 17 and 2 Kings Chapter 17
1 Kings 17
Take a moment to read this chapter to yourself and continue reading when you’re ready.
No Bible? No problem! Read 1 Kings 17 HERE
The theme that became apparent to me while reading this chapter is the theme that God Will Provide. God told Elijah to turn from where he was currently and to go to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan where he would drink from the brook and eat of the food supplied from ravens. It says Elijah went and obeyed the Lords command and “The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.” – 1 Kings 17:6 .
Y’all, the Lord used nature and birds of all things to supply food and drink to Elijah. If the lord can supply food and drink from a bird, imagine how can supply the same to us? God has NO limits. What seems impossible to man (birds bringing meat and bread) is nothing but a notion to the Lord. But wait, IT GETS BETTER!
Once the food supply had dwindled and could no longer supply nourishment to Elijah, God told him to “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 1 Kings 17:9
So Elijah went and crossed paths with the woman who had been gathering wood just after he walked though the city gates. at that time, Elijah asks for some water and a piece of bread. With that request, the woman apologetically explains that she only has enough ingredients for one loaf and that she has yet to feed herself and her son. In fact, she was gathering the wood so that her and her son may have their last meal before they perish.
At this, Elijah comforts the woman and says “For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” 1 Kings 17:14. So the woman went and did as she was told and there was an abundance of food. “For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.” 1 Kings 17:16
Here we see yet another instance of how the Lord provided for not just Elijah but also for this woman and her family.
As you may know, things typically tend to happen in threes. The third instance in 1 Kings 17 in which the Lord has provided is when the woman’s son had passed away. “Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing.” 1 Kings 17:17. Elijah prayed to the Lord to allow the boy’s soul to come back to him and the Lord delivered. “The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.” 1 Kings 17:22
In the previous two instances, the Lord provided food and nourishment. However, in this instance the Lord provided life.
These three instances are just three of so many instances where the Lord has provided for his people. You see, the Lord will provide for you. He knows our every need and he is our provider. There was not a single instance in this chapter where Elijah doubted the Lord and his ability to provide in any way. He simply believed that what the Lord had promised would come to fruition and it did.
Matthew 6:25 says this – “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? ” If you are worried about finances, food, shelter, anything, know that God WILL provide.
2 Kings 17
However, this provision isn’t a free gift for anyone who wants it. This leads me to what the Lord revealed to me in 2 Kings 17. Take a moment to read this chapter to yourself and continue reading when you’re ready.
No Bible? No problem! Read 2 Kings 17 HERE
The theme that became apparent to me in this chapter is the theme of disobedience/betrayal. Israel had gotten itself into some deep doo doo. The people who were delivered into the promise land and treated so well by the Lord in the past were worshipping false gods and behaving poorly. Not a single person felt any sort of remorse or guilt for betraying the Lord, not even the religious officials.
The chapter goes on to explain all of the ways that Israel had gotten themselves in trouble but it also touches on the ways that they could regain their righteousness and favor with God. It says: “The Lord warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.” 2 Kings 17:13.
In a later part of chapter 17: 38-41 it reads: “Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods. Rather, worship the Lord your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices. Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did.”
There is so much information Jam packed in these two passages. It says that so long as they worship the Lord and only the Lord, He will deliver them from the hand of their enemies. However, it says that the Israelites did not listen and continued in their former practices even to this day.
These passages may be from the old testament a crazy long time ago, but it’s message is so incredibly relevant to us today in this day and age.
I did a blog post awhile back on worshipping false idols and we all do it. [Read it HERE] Our idols are not golden statues or baal, they’re money, possessions, status, phones, Social Media, Job Titles, our favorite celebrity, etc. Anything that you are putting before God is an Idol.
When we worship the one true God, putting him first and trusting in his will, like Elijah did, then God will Provide for us. We cannot expect the Lord to provide for us when we are not giving him the place in our lives that he so rightfully deserves. Yes, the Lord will provide and we can have hope in that, but it is also our job to make sure that we are right with the Lord, not worshipping false idols.
So in conclusion, I truly feel that the lord put this on my heart to share with you this week. It’s crazy how one moment the Lord put the words “Kings 17” on my heart to read and the next I’ve got a full blow sermon (so to speak) to share with y’all. God is SO good.
If you made it through this entire post, God bless you. I ran the risk of scaring people away with my introduction and disclaimer but to those of you who have made it to the end, know that there is a reason. This post is meant for you.