God’s Supply and Love Through Times of Drought and Testing

God's Supply and Love to Elijah
God’s Supply and Love to Elijah

God’s ways are incomprehensible. He uses all kinds of means and ways to provide for us. He can do anything and everything.

As Elijah sat alone by the Kerith Brook where God hid him from King Ahab who wanted to kill him, I wonder what he must have felt. God sent ravens to bring him bread and meat in the morning and evening. But ravens? Birds who feast on decaying flesh and garbage? I wonder… Did he shudder or gag?

As the drought lengthened, he had to watch the water in the brook diminish day by day. Did his hope also weaken? We are not told, but he was human, and it must have been so hard to hang onto hope at times.

God also provided bread for his soul, or he couldn’t have endured it. Though he was in a wide open space, being solitary can adversely affect mind and body. Except for the grace of God, he would have succumbed under it all. He had to trust God would provide for him in every way. And his heart must have been aching for the souls of the people who were following Baal and other gods instead of the one true God. But he couldn’t tell them. He had to surrender to God’s will and way no matter what it cost.

When the brook dried up, God did not forget him. He sent him to a widow in Zarephath of Zidon, the center of Baal-worship and the original home of Queen Jezebel who wanted him dead. Did he quake with fear? Did he wonder what God had in mind? He had over 100 miles of hot desert to walk and think about it all. Yet he obediently followed God’s leading.

Zarephath means “a workshop for the smelting and refining of metals” (Dictionary.com). More trials were ahead for Elijah to refine him more into God’s image, to purify away all the dross of self and to equip him for the work God had for him to do.

When he got to the widow, he asked for water. As the widow went to get some, he asked for some bread, too. She replied, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.”

But Elijah still trusted God would provide, and said, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”

Wow! God would not allow him, the widow, or her son to starve during the years the drought lasted. End of story? Nope. More severe testing…

The widow’s son got sick and died. Elijah’s heart broke. He carried the boy to his bed and cried out in anguish, “O Lord my God, why have You brought tragedy to this widow who has opened her home to me, causing her son to die?”

He then stretched out on the boy three times and begged God for his life. And wonder of wonders, God graciously revived this child.

You can find this story in I Kings 17. Ever since I studied this passage at a Bible Study with some other women, I have been thinking a lot of how much I underestimate God’s powerful grace and provision. Isn’t God the same yesterday, today, and forever?

Even today God cares about every little detail of our lives. He wants us to ask for His provision for mind, body, and soul. He has the power to provide for us far beyond what we ask or think. He sometimes severely tests us to refine us more into His image, to lose the dross of ourselves.

Because Elijah went through severe testing, he became better equipped to do the difficult things God had in store for him. Without strength in His God, he could never gather the courage to move forward to follow God no matter what the cost. And God still works the same way today. Through trials God is preparing us for something greater to His glory.

Does that mean we will never fear? No, but faith does not mean it won’t be without fear. Does that mean we will never question God? No, even Elijah the prophet questioned God. Does that mean we will always get what we ask for? No, because God knows a better way.

Any way God provides for us is remarkable, whether it’s loud and bold or quiet and unseen. And sometimes it can even be through stinky, flesh-eating ravens or a mysterious way of a little flour stretching a long ways. God can not be put in a box, and He uses whichever way He chooses.

“Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today, and forever.”
~ Hebrews 13:8

“Now all glory to God, who is able,
through His mighty power at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more
than we might ask or think.
~ Ephesians 3:20

Praying for God’s powerful provision in your life –
physically, emotionally, spiritually!
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15 thoughts on “God’s Supply and Love Through Times of Drought and Testing

  1. This ministers to me so much. This has been the kind of year where I found out that things indeed can get worse to the question, “Can things get any worse?” But God. Thank you, Trudy .

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    1. Hi Sita! I’m so glad it’s given you hope. I’m so sorry for what you’re going through. I think of you often. Praying God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus! Hugs! ❤️

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  2. What a blessing this was to read this morning. There are so many with this very issue going on in their lives. I look back at my own life and can pinpoint times when I thought all was lost and God provided for my needs over and over. We must always trust His divine plan for our lives. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you. I’m so glad God blessed you with His Truth. Even through tough times of flareups of chronic illness, like this week, God has shown me that the barrel of the meal of His strength never runs dry. Thank you for stopping by. May God bless you with His love and goodness! 💗

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  3. Hi Trudy! What strikes me is that Elijah doesn’t stop the woman from her plans. I wonder if I would have pulled rank and said “Give me that water!!” His faith in God was absolute. What an inspiration for all of us as we face our problems that look so tall and heavy. It seems that the more faith you have, the more God is present.
    I pray that I can be faithful like Eiljah!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. I pray for that faith, too, that in spite of one circumstance after another seeming to turn against us, we may cling to God and His everlasting love and faithfulness. And such unconditional love – even if we doubt, He remains true to Himself and faithful to us. Amazing grace! Thank you for stopping by, Ceil! 💐

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  4. What an inspirational, helpful and beautiful post! I especially needed these words today:”God cares about every little detail of our lives. He wants us to ask for His provision for mind, body, and soul.” because of the way they speak reassuringly about our everyday lives surrendered into His hands. Thank you, Trudy, for seeing the truth here and sharing it so that we can be blessed by your insights.Bless you, friend! 🙂 xx

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    1. Thank you, Joy. I’m so grateful God gave you the words you needed today. Sometimes in the midst of struggles and weakness, it’s so hard to believe He knows and He cares, but truly He does. 🙂 Bless you, too, my friend! Hugs! ❤️

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  5. thank you so much for sharing. God always uses you to confirm situations in my life. please don’t stop speaking you words are life to me.

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