Thank you Father for this morning!
Lord I turn my eyes to you this morning to teach me and others, what to do in the seasons of life, when we don’t know exactly which way to go….There are times in our lives that the problems or circumstances look so large, that it is all we can see. I believe those are the times we need to change what we are looking at and keep our eyes and hearts FIXED on our Father.
Pastor Rick and I are in one of those seasons in our lives where things are have changed. I liken it to Elijah in 1 kings 17
1Ki 17:1 And 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.
1Ki 17:2 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
1Ki 17:3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
1Ki 17:4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
1Ki 17:5 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
1Ki 17:6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
I like this because it shows that God will lead us and tell us where to go! If God did it for Elijah He will do it for me and you! Not only did He tell him where to go but He promised him that there would be provision in that place! If you think of it, the provision was in the place of obedience to the Word of God. If he had not gone where God told him, the provision would not have been there….
1Ki 17:7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
Here we see a change in the season of Elijahs life… it was time to make a change, the place of provision had dried up, BUT the provider was still there! Tha is one thing we need to keep in our heart, the circumstances of our life may change, but the Faithfulness of God does not!
1Ki 17:8 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
God was not silent, he had the next step for Elijah and the people He planned to bless and provide for through Elijah. Boy that another thing to think about..Gods plans for you and I in this new season of our lives, is not just about us, its about the people whom he is sending us to…and there once again will be the provision, not just for us but for those He sends us to!
1Ki 17:9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
1Ki 17:10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
1Ki 17:11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
1Ki 17:12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
1Ki 17:13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
1Ki 17:14 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.
1Ki 17:15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
1Ki 17:16 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.
That story of Elijah ministers to me everytime I read it or teach from it, God is Faithful , He will lead us and guide us. Another one of the scriptures I am holding on to is in Proverbs.
Pro 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
Pro 3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Pro 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
Pro 3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Pro 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
This is a promise we stand on, we are keeping His commandments, binding mercy and truth around our necks and TRUSTING in the Lord with all our heart and NOT leaning on our own understanding, in ALL your ways acknowledging HIM and (YAY) HE SHALL DIRECT MY PATHS!!!!!
Right now we are in a season in our life where we are asking God what is next. During this time it can be easy to try to figure it out with our own understanding and even try to run before God and find a place of provision…I don’t want just a place of provision, I WANT HIS PLACE OF PROVISION, I WANT THE PATH HE HAS FOR US!!!!
When any believer is in this situation we have a choice, TRUST God and do it His way or run to the world and do it their way. Gods way is to TRUST him…. The worlds way is to run in fear and to create your own path… I will end this with scripture from Matthew.
Mat 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Mat 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Mat 6:26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Mat 6:27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
Mat 6:28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
Mat 6:29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Mat 6:30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Mat 6:31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
Mat 6:32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Mat 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
My friends I am speaking to myself this morning as well as sharing this with you. As believers we are to walk by Faith and not by sight. When we find worry, doubt and fear appearing in our life, it is time to REFOCUS on our Heavenly Father and off of the problem or situation you are going through. Thank Him today for His faithfulness to lead you and guide you and to provide for you as you seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness!!! Don’t give worry, dount of fear place in your life, it is not from our Heavenly Father. God bless you and Keep you!!
In His Love, Pastor Carol