What To Do When the Brook Dries Up
Edited transcript of a sermon
delivered at GLCC Church Camp
on 10 June 2009 by
Pastor Jeff Redlin
The Brook Cherith
Turn your Bibles open tonight to 1 Kings 17. Let’s begin with verse 1 and we’ll read down to verse 9.
1 Kings 17: 1And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of
Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I
stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my
2And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
3Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
4And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
5So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he
went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
6And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
7And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
8And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
9Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and
dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain
Well, look this direction and consider some things tonight with me for a few moments.
First of all, there is an idea that all of us have that enjoyable
circumstances (as we talked about this morning) are more desirable than
unenjoyable circumstances. If anybody has the opportunity to choose, we
normally would choose pleasantry as opposed to difficulty.
There is a poem that I wouldn’t quote but it talks about this. It talks
about a person who walks along with pleasure. Pleasure was their
companion. As they walked with pleasure, pleasure chattered to them all
the way. But when they got to the end of the walk with pleasure, they
were none the wiser for all that pleasure had to say. And then they
walked another path with sorrow and sorrow spoke not a word. But, oh,
the things they learnt from sorrow when they walked together along the
Is it true in your history, as it usually is in the case of many Bible
examples, that the things you have learned in life have been
well-learned, not when you walked on a path with pleasure, but when you
walked down the road with sorrow?
The title of the message tonight, if you want a title, is “What to do
when the brook dries up”. What am I supposed to do, when that which I
have come to rely upon and that which God has provided are taken away
from me? What am I to do when the brook suddenly is no more and I am
left questioning God and His provision?
NO DEW, NO RAIN
Now, you look at the passage of Scripture where it talks a little bit
about Elijah. Elijah was the guy who went and stood in the presence of
the king. Now, can you imagine this guy, I mean, picture this for just
a minute: if we had King Ahab’s throne room set up in here. Ahab is the
guy, by the way, who built the ivory tower, the ivory palace. He had
this beautiful place that he constructed in Israel. It’s really
fantastic. History still refers to it. So Elijah, he’s this hilly
prophet, ok? He’s going to be looking the part of the prophet. He is
nobody at this point in Scripture ; in 1 Kings 17. nobody has even
heard of him before. In 1 Kings 17, he comes. I don’t know how he got
in, but he gets into the throne room. He comes into the presence of
King Ahab. He points his finger at Ahab and he says, “There will be no
dew and no rain these years, but according to my word. I stand before
Almighty God and it is in His name that I make this decree.” And Elijah
left. He says that there is going to be no dew, no rain according to my
Personally, and I don’t know this for a fact, but I think it was a joke
to King Ahab, for some time. I think it was a joke. Probably when
Elijah leaves, he was joking about it with his servants. Can you
imagine this? King Ahab laughs and mocks Elijah’s words and his
servants would laugh with him. If the king’s laughing, everybody’s
laughing, ok? So he thinks it’s a joke. He comes in the next day. Can
you imagine? Ahab is sitting on his throne the next day. He is seated
on the throne, and he says to his servants “Servants, did you notice?
No dew, no rain today. Ha! Ha!” They’re all laughing again.
And maybe a week goes by. It didn’t rain for a week. “Hey, fellas! No
dew, no rain. Ha! Ha!” And a month goes by. “Ha! Kinda funny, isn’t it?
No dew, no rain. Ha! ” And 2 months go by. “Hmm…quite a coincidence. No
dew no rain”. And then maybe 6 months go by. And some not so bright
servant says, “Hey Ahab …no dew, no rain. Ha! Ha!” Not real funny now,
is it? 6 months, a year, a year and a half, 2 years, 2 and a half, 3
years, 3 and a half years; no dew, no rain. It’s a long time, isn’t it?
What did Elijah do then during this period of time? Did he have
somewhere special that he had to go to; maybe live in some tropical
paradise while God’s judgment is being carried out ( that which Elijah
pronounced on the land) Did he become exempt? Isn’t it interesting that
he pronounces God’s judgment and then he becomes to some degree the
recipient of that judgment?
So now God says to Elijah, “Elijah, get to the brook Cherith. I’m going
to take care of you there.” By the way, He is going to take care of him
in a strange way. He is all by himself. He’s alone by the brook and God
says, “I’m going to take care of you by the brook Cherith.”
MOST “CHERITHS” DON’T LAST FOREVER
What are some of the things that we have to learn? The first thing that
he learnt by the brook is that most “Cheriths” don’t last forever. Most
of these places of refreshment and provision from the hand of God don’t
Now you know this as well as I do; could God have caused the brook
Cherith to continue to supply water for Elijah until eternity rolls by?
Well, certainly He could have. If God can get ravens to deliver food,
can’t he make the stream continue to flow? Sure he could have. But God
allowed the provision that He provided to dry up. Most of our
“Cheriths” don’t last forever.
What are some of the “Cheriths” that you’ve had in your past? Now I
don’t know if this is true of anybody here. But some of you could have
“Cheriths” of a spouse that has been a source of encouragement, of
blessing, of help, that God, has according to some standards, taken
home early, and it’s been removed.
Some of you enjoy so very much the “Cherith” of a child in your arms,
for the first time that they said “mummy” or “daddy”. I can remember my
son crawling up and jumping all over me. There are lots of times that
I’m thankful for every stage of life that our son’s been in. It’s a
stage that I don’t get to enjoy anymore. Sometimes I miss wrinkled
By the way, maybe it was a bank account, or a retirement savings, or a
job, or some position, and God dried it up. Aren’t there a lot of
people who have relied on some provision and this economy that we’re
living in, that God has, for whatever purpose, taken away?
Do you know the first thing that Elijah learns from the brook Cherith?
The first thing that he understands is “Cheriths” don’t last forever.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 14:22, “Are there any among the vanities of
the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art
not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou
hast made all these things.”
Who is it, who is the one who brings the provisions? It’s Almighty God.
Who is the one who oftentimes removes the provisions? It’s the same
Person, Almighty God.
Well, the first thing that he learnt was: most “Cheriths” don’t last forever.
ABSENCE OF PHYSICAL DOES NOT INDICATE LACK OF PLANNING ON GOD’S PART
The second thing that Elijah learns here is this: know that the absence
of physical provision does not indicate a lack of planning on God’s
part. Repeat : know that a lack of physical provision does not indicate
a lack of planning on God’s part.
Now I’ll get to what God’s doing here in a minute. Oftentimes we start
to think “God, what are you doing? Don’t you know I have needs? Hey
God! I thought you’re the one who sent me to the brook Cherith.” And
God answers, “Yes, I am the one.” Then, “Lord, you’re a little bit late
on the provision. I’m standing here without any water coming by.”
Because God begins to dry up your brook, it doesn’t mean that God’s not planning for the next stage of life.
THE BROOK DRIES UP
Hey, think through this. How many of you have ever been involved in
more than one ministry? Not concurrently, not at the same time. You
started in a ministry and now you’re involved in a different ministry.
How many of you in the church here? Raise your hand if you’ve been
involved in more than one ministry. Ok, very good. Put your hands down.
Your founding pastor’s involved in different ministries right now. I
sat in the last few days and listened to some of the ministries that
he’s involved in, after our morning session. If you sat down and talked
to your founding pastor and said “Hey, are you doing what you’re
supposed to be doing right now?” He’ll say, “Absolutely. I’m supposed
to be doing it.” I don’t know if this is true and I don’t mean to make
any assumptions about it, but I daresay, he’ll probably tell you if you
invited him to go back to the former ministry, he’d say, “No, that
brook’s for me is dried up.” He’s not supposed to be doing that right
now. It’s not a bad thing. It certainly doesn’t mean that when God
began to work in his heart and say “I have something else for you.”
It’s not a lack of planning on God’s part. It’s actually preparing his
heart for the next stage of ministry.
People used to ask me this all the time. They’d say “Hey, Pastor. What are you going to do now?”
I’ve been in youth ministry and after I’d been in youth ministry for
about 4 years, people start asking, “What are you going to do when you
I’m going to do this for the rest of my life. I love what I do. I can
do this forever. And maybe when you’ve been in this youth ministry for
6 years; “Hey! What are you going to do? Are you going to be a youth
pastor forever?” “Probably. Yeah, I like what I am doing. I love
teenagers. I’m going to do this forever.” And after you’ve been youth
pastor for 10 years, they want to send you to a hospital or something,
you know? What are you thinking? ”Yah, I just like what I am doing.”
Do you know, after I had been youth pastor for about 13 years, Julie
and I started talking and I said “Julie,” (we talk every year about
God’s leading) “Do you think the Lord’s going to send us to do
something else?” “Maybe”. And we started praying about it and you know
what He did? He left us right where we were for another 2 years. But He
started to do something in our hearts that was in a sense and I don’t
mean this inappropriately, please understand this, but I don’t know if
He was going to find someone who loves teenagers more than I do. But He
was going to dry up my ministry heart for what I was doing right then.
It’s not that I loved teenagers any less but He just wanted to dry up
I can’t explain it to you but Julie and I knew exactly what was going
on in our hearts. We were going to summer camp with the church; this
was so strange because I was part of the whole fabric there. But when
we were going to summer camp, we would stand there, in a sense, we were
like outsiders. What are we doing here? We had grown up there. We knew
everybody. People loved us. We loved people. Julie’s family was there.
I watched the kids grow up. I married them. We would stand there and we
would say, “We don’t fit here anymore.” I don’t know if anybody else
knew it but it was God drying up that brook and planning something else
that we knew nothing about.
When God begins to dry up, maybe some ministry for you, it’s not that
He’s through with you in ministry, but it may well be that God is
saying, “Hey, why don’t you go talk to Sister Lisa about some ministry
opportunities.“ Why don’t you come talk to Pastor Paul and say, “You
know, I don’t know where to look? Maybe you can pray with me about it.”
Maybe He’s telling you, “Hey, Pastor Mike. Can I travel with you?”
Whew! That’s the extreme! He eats weird things! You can travel with him
and practice cutting hair while you’re doing it; double ministry. You
know, it may well be that when God begins to dry up that brook; He is
not doing it out of His lack of planning, but out of His preparation in
What else do you learn or remember when the brook dries up? Number one
is: recognise that most “Cheriths” don’t last forever. Number two: know
that the absence of the physical provision does not indicate a lack of
planning on God’s part.
By the way, if God wants you, continues to allow you to stay by the
brook for too long, you’d probably become more connected to the brook
than you would to the God who gave it to you. And it’s one of the
reasons why God sometimes has to dry up one source of provision so that
you’re not so focused on the provision.
FB Meyer had some statements he made about it. He said He wants you to
remember completely not to focus on the gift of the brook but on the
Giver of the brook. So oftentimes He may dry up that brook to re-adjust
our look to the One who gave it to us in the 1st place.
What else is it that we’re supposed to remember when the brook dries
up? Number one: recognise that most “Cheriths” don’t last forever.
Number two: the absence of the physical provision does not indicate a
lack of planning on God’s part.
GOD IS ALWAYS DOING MORE THAN YOU CAN SEE
Number three: realize that God is always doing more than you can see.
Alright, the brook dries up and Elijah doesn’t have the brook anymore.
But that doesn’t mean that God is not planning and working and moving
We just want to see it right now. “Ok, God. Brook’s dried up. What am I doing? Hey Lord! It’s getting a little slim.”
We want to know right now. Have you ever heard of the statement:
“Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can”? Seldom found in women
and never found in men. We want to know right now. “God, what are You
doing? I’m getting nervous.” You ever feel like that with God?
If we had a little envelope and a little piece of paper and it had your
future from God…who’s not married in here? Raise your hand. If I had a
little piece of paper here, and it had your future spouse on it. Could
you resist this if your future was on here and charted out for you?
Told you how many kids you’re going to have? Told you where you’re
going to work? Told you at what age your spouse is going to die? Told
you that you’d send a child on to heaven before you reached there?
Could you resist? It’s tucked in an envelope and it’s sitting in front
here everyday. Could you resist? Probably not; maybe for a day, a week.
You say, “I’m just going to look at this the next year.” “I have got to
find out what happens after that.” And the next year? Could you resist?
GOD PLANS OUR LIVES FOR US
Doesn’t God have a good way of planning our lives for us? So He begins
to dry something up because He’s preparing something that you don’t
know about, and to be quite honest with you, you shouldn’t know about.
I travelled with a singing group for a couple of years. I didn’t sing.
I was a preacher. They sang a song, the first group that I took out.
They sang a song and I can’t remember all of the words. “I’d trade
sunshine for rain, comfort for pain. That’s what I’ll be willing to do.
But whatever it takes for my will to break, that’s what I’ll be willing
They’d sing that night after night. I would sit there in our
church and as they sang, I’d listen to them sing. I have to tell you; I
struggled with that statement. Because I’d started to think, “Well,
Lord, whatever it takes for my will to break? How can I tell You right
now that You could (at that time I wasn’t married), how can I say that
You could take my parents home right now? I don’t think I can handle
it, Lord. Or You could take this away from me. I don’t know that I can
Let me ask you, has God given you, at this very moment, dying grace,
yes or no? Right this moment, yes or no? You look a little undecided.
Let me answer it for you. His Grace is always seasonable. It means He
gives you grace when you need it, not storehouse grace. You don’t just
go and say, “I’m going to grab a bucket of grace today.” No, no, no. He
gives it to you just when you need it.
I came to conclude, “Lord, I can’t handle it right now but I can trust
You that if you do take my parents, or spouse, or You’re going to
remove this or bring this into my life, I can trust You, that You’ll
give me grace right when I need it.” Is that true for you?
So why is it that we want to know everything in advance? We don’t need
to know it. God is working behind the scenes. He is going to provide,
He is going to care for, He is going to give strength to help just when
you need it.
The Bible says that He gives grace that follows grace; it says “Grace
for grace.” I love that statement! Do you know what it means? It means
like the seashore that you will stand on the side of and watch a wave
crash in, and another wave, and another wave and another wave. It means
that God’s grace is never going to exhaust itself, more certain than
the fact that another wave is going to crash in on the shore is the
fact that God’s grace will always follow grace, and it will always be
What is it that he had to understand with this moving of the place of
God’s provision? Well, first of all, most “Cheriths” don’t last
forever. We have to know that the absence of physical provision does
not indicate a lack of planning on God’s part. We have to realize that
God is always doing more than you can see.
Quickly with that, what is it that he’s doing? He’s teaching dependence
on Him as opposed to dependence on what we can see. The Bible says
this. In Acts 17:28, it says, “For in him we live, and move, and have
our being.” He’s teaching us that our dependence is on Him, not on the
provision. He’s strengthening our prayer life. When God removes
provision and you don’t know what the future holds, do you find
yourself on your face before God in ways you didn’t need before? “God,
if You don’t do it, I don’t know what we’re going to do. Lord, I
believe that this is what I’m supposed to be doing. If You don’t do it,
I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s Your deal.”
It’s teaching us that our prayer life with Him is that which we have to have.
Isaiah 26:16 says “LORD, in trouble have they visited thee.” We visit
the Lord a lot more when we’re in trouble than when the brook’s flowing
freely. He’s preparing us for greater future ministry.
Elijah learned, as you and I have to learn, that the lowly drying brook
experience is often necessary to prepare us for the lofty Mount Carmel
Elijah was down by the brook Cherith and he’s down there trusting God;
the brook dries up and he trusts God. Had Elijah not been faithful in
the little brook Cherith experience, I don’t know that he’d be calling
down fire from heaven and executing the prophets of Baal as he did on
the top of Mount Carmel. You’ll be faithful by the brook Cherith and
see God do some great Mount Carmel experiences as well.
God’s doing things right now through this church globally and
specifically in this part of the world that are the results of some
faithful brook “Cheriths” experiences, and that’s the truth.
What else is it that God is teaching Elijah, and oftentimes teaches us through those brook drying experiences?
GOD’S SUPERNATURAL PROVISION
Number 4, this remember, rest in the fact that God often removes the
natural source to begin a supernatural supply. Now take your Bibles and
look again with me at 1 Kings 17:8-9. “And the word of the LORD came
unto him, saying,
Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell
there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. “
Now down to verse 14-16. “For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The
barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail,
until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. And she
went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and
her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not,
neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD,
which he spake by Elijah. “
Ok, so what does God do? Now, I think this is amazing; we won’t spend
much time on this but think about the ways where He sent him. He sent
him to the least likely place of all. He sent him to Zarephath. Now,
Zarephath was the least likely place because first of all, it’s
Jezebel’s hometown. Jezebel! Jezebel was a wicked, icky woman. She was
just a wicked, nasty woman. Jezebel was the gal who hated Elijah. She’s
going to hound him here in a little bit. Ok, so Zarephath was the least
The least likely person-He sent him to a widow woman. Widow women, in
this day and age that Elijah was living in had nothing; absolutely
nothing. They didn’t have occupation, they didn’t have ways to maintain
or sustain themselves, and she’s a widow woman with a son, with a
child. It was the least likely place, the least likely person to take
care of him, and with the least likely provision. She didn’t have
anything. He said, “Fix me a little cake and give me something to drink
and then feed your son.” She said, “Elijah, I’m going to fix food for
myself and my son. We’re going to eat it and die.” It doesn’t mean
she’s a bad cook. What it means is “This is all we have. After I fix
this, we are going to eat it, we don’t have anything else. After we eat
this, we’re done. We’re going to die.” He says, “Go fix something for
me first, and then feed yourself and your son.”
The place where God sent Elijah was a place of supernatural provision,
not just the natural provision of the brook. Let me ask you, “What
would you rather have?” Natural means of God providing or supernatural
means of God providing? I’m telling you when God begins to
supernaturally provide, who gets the praise and the glory? Only
Almighty God. God is going to do something in and through him that was
unheard of. We don’t like that.
How did they live? They lived at a time, most apparent to me, was how
most of the world lives. You and I haven’t lived this way here, that’s
the truth. Much of the world lived for food that day. You’ve seen it,
haven’t you? That they lived for food that day.
A couple of years ago, Julie, Conner and I went to Africa. Much of the
people that we saw in Africa would go and gather food just for that day.
A little over a year ago, I got to go with Pastor Mike. We went to
Cambodia. We went deep into Cambodia. We crossed over the Mekong River
and the only thing that you could see was just a little dot of light at
different places where somebody may have had enough money to go and get
some fuel so that they can bring it back to their hut and have a little
light for the night.
We sat and we ate chicken one night. Do you know that when people
prepared that food for us it was like a chicken stock or soup? There
were people standing around to see if we had anything to throw away
because that’s what they wanted to have to eat. It was a huge
sacrifice, what they prepared for us, and set in front of us. It was
their food for the day. For most of us, and this is true for me, I have
never had to live, in my history, I have never had to live so that I
wonder if I’m going to have food for my next meal. There may be some
here that have but I’m just telling you the truth that I have not.
If you and I recalled the Lord’s Prayer tonight, the model prayer, “Our
Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy
will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread. “
How often have we learned the truth about daily bread? Did Elijah learn
it? Better not look in the barrel, because if he’s looking in the
barrel, he’d say, “We’re all done. This is the last meal that we’re
going to eat. We’re all done. Just my luck! I go to a place where the
brook dries up and I come to a widow with no food. And she can’t cook,
and she’s going to eat it and die. This is terrible.” Why, because all
there was in that cruse was enough for the day; in that barrel was
enough for the day. And what did God miraculously, supernaturally do?
He provided daily bread.
God’s dried up your brook and He’s sent you someplace, where it’s like,
“What are you going to do now?” Isn’t it quite possible that the
Almighty God is going to supersede the natural means of provision and
provide for you in a way that is supernatural and the only person that
gets the praise and the honour and the glory is Almighty God? What is
it that He’s teaching him? He’s teaching him the truth that our natural
resources, when they are removed, open the door for the supernatural to
come in, in the way that only God can explain.
Have you ever had somebody say something like, “Well, not even your God
could do that?” Have you ever had somebody say something like that
before? It’s bothersome, doesn’t it? What can your God do?
Do you ever have your little children sing in church? It’s fun to watch
little kids sing, isn’t it? A little kid would get up and line up on
the platform somewhere and they’re looking for their parents and
they’re waving at their parents. Have you ever heard the chorus “My God
is so big, so strong and so mighty?” Have you ever heard little kids
sing it? The little kids sing it, and they’re all walking around and
they’re looking around, and they’re waving, and you got some lady
down here and she’s going, “Ok, children, look here, c’mon.” Hit it
James. And she starts to play and they start to sing and the kids start
singing, “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, and there’s
nothing that my God cannot do.”
And they stand up there; hey, let me ask you; does a kid believe it?
Does a kid believe that his God is so big, so strong and so mighty that
there’s nothing his God cannot do? Maybe so. If you tell a kid that the
Easter bunny is the one that puts eggs around the house, would they
believe it? I did until I was 18.
If you ask a kid….does the tooth fairy come to Singapore? Do you have
tooth fairies in Singapore? No, you don’t have a tooth fairy
here? It’s so sad. We have one in the States. It’s really
amazing. You lose a tooth, put it on your pillow and the tooth fairy
brings you money. Try it tonight. It doesn’t work with dentures! Well,
do kids really believe in the tooth fairy? Some of them do.
It’s interesting that you tell a child your God is so big, and so
strong, and so mighty there’s nothing your God can’t do. It’s wonderful
that oftentimes a child with simple childlike faith will believe
there’s nothing that God can’t do and regrettably we sometimes lose
that simple childlike faith that says, “God, You can provide for me
naturally. You can provide supernaturally in ways that I can’t see.”
THERE’S NOTHING MY GOD CANNOT DO
Julie and I had a table that we inherited with our house. It was a very
nice table with a glass top, and had 4 really heavy chairs that went
with it. It wasn’t a dining room table so we put it in the paper to
sell. We got a call from a guy; his name was Jerry.
He called up and said, “Hey, you still got that table?” “Yes, we do.”
He said, “Well, I’d like to buy it.” I said, “Great.” He said, “Can you
help me transport it?” “Yes, I can. C’mon over first and look at it.”
He came over and he’s looking at our table. He says, “Oh yeah, that’s
what I want. I’ll take the table. Are you going to help me move it?”
“Yes, I can.”
We had a van and we got the top of it and he and I carried it out. We
started to carry the base out. When we were carrying the base out, I
showed him these 4 little rubber pieces that set up at the top of these
little pedestals and it’s what the glass sat on top of. I said, “Jerry,
you got to be careful of those.” They were just sitting on there, and
we took them out and got them into the van, got all 4 chairs in and we
drove to Jerry’s house.
We took it in and set up the table and everything. I told him
specifically, very pointedly and said “Make sure you don’t lose those
little rubber pieces.” We’re carrying everything in and he carried that
pedestal base in, and got that in, and we took the glass top and the
last thing I did, and we set it up on top of that pedestal and we could
see when we put it down that “Jerry, one of those pieces is missing.”
“Oh, I must have dropped that coming in.”
So we’re looking for it now. I said, “Gotta be here somewhere.” So we
looked all over his house and we looked outside in the yard. The grass
was thick outside. We looked in the van. We couldn’t find it. We looked
everywhere. It was getting dark and we couldn’t find it so we stepped
inside the house and I’m talking to him and I asked him, (You know, a
good thing to do, especially if you’re a preacher, is great to ask
people what they do because they may usually ask you what you do; so
you’re setting them up.) “Hey Jerry, what do you do?” He told me what
he did and he said, “What do you do?” “Glad you asked!” and so I told
him what I did and I had opportunity to share the gospel.
So, I’m sharing the gospel with Jerry. He didn’t trust Christ that
night but I had great opportunity; in fact I had a couple of follow up
contacts with him and invited him to other things; just had the
opportunity to share the gospel with Jerry.
Well, we’re walking out and I said, “Jerry, I feel terrible that you
lost that little piece.” We’re actually outside of his house now and
I’m standing in his front yard. I said, “Jerry, I really feel bad that
you lost that little piece.” He said, “It’s ok but I don’t know where
it is. I don’t think even your God can find it.”
Do you ever breathe those immediate little prayers? Nehemiah prayed one
of those prayers. The king said, “What do you want?” He said, “I prayed
to the God of heaven and I said to the king.” It’s just all at once.
Jerry said, “Oh…Don’t worry about it. I don’t even think your God can find it.
“Oh Lord, help me find it.” “Hmm. Hey Jerry, look at what my God can do.”
Jerry said, “Oh that sends chills up my back!”
Though it’s not supernatural, but it sure is fitting for God. Don’t you
believe that there’s nothing that your God can’t do supernaturally?
Is God drying up one of your brooks? He’s not unknowing about what He
is doing. Do you know what He may be doing? He may be preparing you for
a Mount Carmel experience. If you’ll trust Him in the brook Cherith,
let Him lead you to Zarephath, you may be one day standing on top of
Mount Carmel and calling down fire from heaven, because you were
faithful when He moved you from the brook. What do you do when the
brook dries up? Trust the God who led you there in the 1st place, that
He’ll lead you faithfully to the next place.
Transcribed by Yolanda; Edited by Catherine Ho