The education of our faith is incomplete if we have yet to learn
that God’s providence works through loss, that there is a ministry
to us through failure and the fading of things, and that He
gives the gift of emptiness. It is, in fact, the material insecurities
of life that cause our lives to be spiritually established.
The dwindling brook at the Kerith Ravine, where Elijah
sat deep in thought, is a true picture of each of our lives. “Some
time later the brook dried up”—this is the history of our yesterdays,
and a prophecy of our tomorrows.
One way or the other, we must all learn the difference
between trusting in the gift and trusting in the Giver. The gift
may last for a season, but the Giver is the only eternal love.
The Kerith Ravine was a difficult problem for Elijah until
he arrived at Zarephath, and suddenly everything became as
clear as daylight to him. God’s hard instructions are never His
last words to us, for the woe, the waste, and the tears of life
belong to its interlude, not its finale.
If the Lord had led Elijah directly to Zarephath, he would
have missed something that helped to make him a wiser prophet
and a better man—living by faith at Kerith. And whenever
our earthly stream or any other outer resource has dried up, it
has been allowed so we may learn that our hope and help are
in God, who made heaven and earth. F. B. Meyer