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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 17:8-16

The Story:

In this story Elijah is on his way to meet a widow. He had spoken the word of God to the people and stopped the rain. The people were being punished for serving Baal. God was going to prove to them that He was the only God. After speaking this, God sent Elijah to rest by the brook. His brook has dried up and now God tells him to go and find this
widow who will take care of him. When Elijah finds her he asks her to bring him something to drink. As she goes he asks for something to eat. She tells him that all she has is enough flour and oil to make one last meal for herself and her son then they will starve. Elijah tells her if she will make bread for him first, that God will not
allow the barrel of flour nor the cruse of oil to run out until rain comes. She did what Elijah said and sure enough she didn’t run out. Twice now we are seeing that God’s people have what they need when Baal cannot provide. As the rain ceased Elijah has water and is fed by the brook while the Baal worshipers are in drought. Once the brook dries up God supplies through a helpless widow.

Baal can’t provide because he isn’t real. God will provide.

The Application:

Elijah has just completed the single greatest thing he has ever done in his life. He walked in and turned off the rain! God sends him out by the brook…surely to retire.

But, the brook dries up and God sends him to find a widow. Elijah doesn’t drop to his knees to beg God to restore the brook. He doesn’t remind God of who he is and all the things he’s done. He doesn’t remind God that he is going to die without
water. He gets up and goes on a 100 mile trek to find this widow. He moves when God leads.

Move when God leads. Modern Christians seem to struggle with this. The brook dries up and it is obvious we don’t need to be where we are anymore. God says, v.8 “Arise, get…” but we wonder if He really is finished with us here! Can I give you a very simple Bible principle? If the brook dries up you better move to water or you will die of thirst. If God tells you to “Arise, get…” He is not going to change on this because you won’t move. He dried up the brook. I assume the raven stopped the food delivery. God would have sent ants or bees or whatever it took to get Elijah to move. Of course, He didn’t have to with Elijah…Elijah just went.

We admire Elijah for all the wrong reasons. We love that he called fire from heaven, brought a boy back to life, etc….but God did all of that. We should admire Elijah for his obedience.

What is God going to have to send to get you to move? When the brook dries up start looking around for where God wants you to move.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.