These are two of my favorite stories in the Bible. I love the second half of 18. Here’s an overview Bethany wrote, I’ll just share what I noticed today:
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.”
I always feel moved when God uses creation and animals within his work. I poked around online for a while to see if there was anything symbolic about ravens, but didn’t find much. They’re simple birds, smart, but not remarkable by any means, and it’s speculated that they don’t even bother to feed their young (Psalm 147:9, Job 38:41).
Yet these animals, a dime a dozen, still answer to the Lord. On one hand, I love this because it’s a slight glimpse of God exercising his power over his creation. And on the other, it reminds me that God allows me to choose him. We aren’t like the birds; we have a choice to obey him and join him in his work.
If we want to dance around in circles, worshiping our lifeless gods that don’t respond or make a sound (18:29), we have that choice.
God deeply loves you and desires to be loved back by you. If he simply wanted power and control, to dictate your every move with a heavy hand, he could do it instantly. But instead, he patiently waits out a relationship with us. He does things like using a starving widow, one of the least important people to that culture at the time, to tell a part of his story. He has mercy on her, rewarding her faithful hand that reaches into the bottom of the empty flour jar every morning. He demonstrates tangibly that he is our provider, he is sovereign over life, death, weather and fertility, as Baal followers claim their manmade god is.
Did these chapters change how you see God?