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 word.

 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 thee.”

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 way.

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 word.

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 last forever.

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 shirts.

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 grow up?”

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 that brook.

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 your heart.

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 and preparing.

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? Probably not.

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 to do.”

 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 handle it.”

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 sufficient.

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 experience.

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 likely place.

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.

Let’s pray.

Transcribed by Yolanda;  Edited by Catherine Ho



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