Friday, June 10, 2011

God Always Plans!

Today, when I got to the portion of reading from 1 Kings 17: 1-7; it really hit me how God truly makes provisions for our every need! We know this in our heads, but do we believe it like Elijah did?

Elijah had prayed according to James 5:17 for the rain to stop. Why? So that the people would realize that Baal would not provide the rain that was needed for their crops, their survival and the people would turn to the one real God! Imagine, Elijah praying such a prayer that would hurt those around him for a short time, but for the long term they would be so much better off! Do we pray like this for our loved ones or do we just pray for the pain to be removed? Do we sometimes need the difficult to realize the love of God truly? Ponder this thought today! It hit me that perhaps sometimes this is what our prayer should be...just a thought.

Elijah's name means "the Lord is God" and truly he knew who God was! Israel had to have the autumn and spring rains and the summer dews for the crops. Elijah prayed the Lord heard and the rains stopped for 3 years and 6 months. Definitely, proof that Baal the god of rain and fertility wasn't too good or real!

I love the fact that Elijah went to the brook that was probably seasonal and he drank from the brook and the ravens brought him food. Yes, much like the manna and quail that God provided for the early grumblers and mumblers...God provides!

Remember, ponder do we need the difficult sometimes to truly realize that God is the Way? Do we need to pray perhaps for the rain to stop for someone close to us, so that they will look to God? It is so hard to ask such a question, much less to pray for it...What are your thoughts?

Sweet blessings,

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