“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!”

Then the Lord said to Elijah, ‘Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.’


So Elijah did as the Lord told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land.” 1 Kings 17:1-7 (NLT)



Elijah, the prophet of God, told King Ahab that there would be no rain because of the wickedness of the people. In James 5:17 (NLT), it says, “Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!” Elijah prayed and it didn’t rain, but it put his life in jeopardy. He would be on the run from the most powerful men in his country. However, there were personal consequences to his prayers even though he was walking in obedience to God. God led him to a hidden place where he provided food and brook full of water. Yet, that brook eventually resulted in the same outcome as every other brook, river, and pond in the land. 


What do you do when you feel like God has led you to a dry place? You may be experiencing the answer to prayers that you prayed, but the outcome wasn’t quite as you thought it would be. Couldn’t God have spared Elijah from the drought? If He had, Elijah would not have experienced divine and miraculous provision for himself and those around him in the coming days. When you are begging God for rain, there may be a different means by which you will be sustained. You may need something more than water today. You may need to be reassured that the God who sends the rain also sustains in the drought. Rain will come again; just don’t let your focus on the rain cause you to miss the miracles.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


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