When Your Brook Dries Up
Sometime later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 1 Kings 17:7
It happens to all of us at some point in life. Everything is going along just fine and then one day we notice things are starting to change. We hear rumors of downsizing, notice a nagging health issue or sense things are different in a relationship. We thought we had our lives figured out and suddenly our life’s stream has been dialed down to a trickle and the thing we have learned to count on eventually dries up. Now what? Will we trust God, or trust the thing we've become accustomed to?
Elijah knew this predicament well. God had led him to the Brook of Kerith sometime earlier. Things had gone well there. The ravens had fed him and the brook had provided much needed water during the drought; but it too eventually dried up.
When our streams turn to a trickle, it is sometimes God’s way of closing one door in our lives to prepare us for what’s next. Other times God wants to know that we will trust Him when it looks like we can’t. How will we react when we watch our provision shrink, our health deteriorate or our relationships falling apart? Will we trust God even when we don’t see the evidence of His help? Will we move on without His direction?
Elijah didn't move on until God told him to. He didn't try to solve his own problem and he didn't complain about it either. He simply trusted God and waited.
Trusting in God’s provision and His timing are perhaps two of the hardest things to do especially when what we've become accustomed to fades away.
If you’re brook is drying up, I encourage you to ask yourself the following questions:
1. Have I wrongly trusted something other than God?
2. Am I resting in His timing or my own logic?
3. Has He given me the green light to move on?
4. Am I willing to stay where I am until He says move?
5. Am I complaining about my situation?
The Kerith Brook had dried up, but God’s supernatural provision for Elijah didn't; it just changed locations. When God told Elijah to move on to Zarephath he provided a widow there who would feed him.
Our brooks may dry up, and it may seem like God waits to the very last second to lead us to our next place of provision, but it’s in trusting Him that we will see the miracle of His provision.