the land. (1 Kings 17:7)
Week after week,with an unwavering and steadfast spirit, Elijah
watched the brook dwindle and finally dry up. Often tempted
to stumble in unbelief, he nevertheless refused to allow his
circumstances to come between himself and God. Unbelief
looks at God through the circumstances, just as we often see the
sun dimmed by clouds or smoke. But faith puts God between
itself and its circumstances, and looks at them through Him.
Elijah’s brook dwindled to only a silver thread,which formed
pools at the base of the largest rocks.Then the pools evaporated,
the birds flew away, and the wild animals of the fields and
forests no longer came to drink, for the brook became completely
dry. And only then, to Elijah’s patient and faithful spirit,
did the word of the Lord come and say, “Go at once to
Zarephath” (v. 9).
Most of us would have become anxious and tired,and would
have made other plans long before God spoke. Our singing
would have stopped as soon as the stream flowed less musically
over its rocky bed.We would have hung our harps on the willows
nearby and begun pacing back and forth on the withering
grass,worrying about our predicament. And probably, long
before the brook actually dried up,we would have devised some
plan, asked God to bless it, and headed elsewhere.
God will often extricate us from the mess we have made,
because “his love endures forever” (1 Chron. 16:34).Yet if we
had only been patient and waited to see the unfolding of His
plan, we would never have found ourselves in such an impossible
maze, seeing no way out.We would also never have had
to turn back and retrace our way,with wasted steps and so many
tears of shame.
“Wait for the Lord” (Ps. 27:14). Patiently wait!