Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food. (1 Kings 17:4)
When God meets a need it is not always in the way we expect or the way we wanted it met. But God is faithful to meet the need. In our reading today God meets Elijah’s need for food in an interesting way. We read the story in 1 Kings 17:1-8.
Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, “As surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!” 2 Then the Lord said to Elijah, 3 “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River. 4 Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.” 5 So Elijah did as the Lord told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. 7 But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land. 8 Then the Lord said to Elijah, 9 “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”
The other day our daughter asked us what a picky eater was. We told her it was someone who will only eat a few certain things. We’ve been blessed to have a little girl who is not a picky eater. She does pretty good eating what is on her plate with a little coaxing. Truth be told we can all be at least a little picky at times. I might be a little picky if a dirty bird like a raven was delivering my food. Think about it. The same beaks and feet that were used to eat garbage, rodents and bugs were now bringing you food. It might be a different story if I was starving though. How about you, if you were in Elijah’s sandals would you be thankful for the food or complain about the birds? I’m guessing most of us would be thankful for the food and maybe a little uneasy about the delivery service.
I guess the point I want to make here is to recognize God’s answers to prayer and to be thankful and content even if it is not exactly what you expected. Don’t be picky, be thankful. And be thankful the birds aren’t picking at you like in 1 Kings 16:4.