when the brook dries up
Main Verses: 1 Kings 17:1-9
A brook is a natural stream of water smaller than a river, and often an offshoot of a river. A brook is supplied by the river; once its main supply is depleted, the brook dries up. In 1 Kings 17:3-4, Elijah was instructed by God to hide in the Kerith Ravine. “You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there.”
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours; he prayed intensely for it not to rain and it did not rain. God deploys human agents that are willing to stand in prayer for activation of divine purposes here on earth. Elijah had a mind committed to God; his biggest single miracle was knowing and maintaining a consistent relationship with God irrespective of and in defiance of any and every circumstance of life. Our relationship with God is more significant to God than His acts. Let us not mistake the power, acts, and glory of God with His relationship to us.
The brook that once supplied sustenance to Elijah eventually dried up because of a lack of rain in the land. When the brook dries, it is time to start rethinking and refocusing. The only thing consistent in life is change. Understand the times and seasons we are living in. When the seasons change, learn to adjust to it accordingly. Like Paul said in Philippians 4:12, learn to abound and abase; learn to survive when you have and when you lack. In Acts 17:4, God caused the ravens to feed Elijah. A raven, a bird that traditionally eats anything, fed the prophet of God. This divine act of God challenged all conventions. Elijah’s inability to change his thinking would have caused him to suffer. God does not stop the totality of His work amidst your crisis. God can use anything to carry out His purpose; though the raven was unclean, God used it to fulfill a need. God at times, allows some circumstances to realign our thinking. Let us learn to allow God to cause a transformation in our mindset.
The brook drying up is suggestive of the changing seasons of life. As seasons change, animals adapt to survive. Some animals hibernate, while others camouflage. Likewise, as the conditions in our lives change, we must adapt to the environment or situation. Like the animals that hibernate as the seasons change, sometimes hide; step away from the usual activity and study God's Word. Other animals adapt by migrating to a new location. A change in location often requires a change of one's mindset. Migrating when seasons change may not be beneficial unless there's a renewal of the mind. When the brook dries up, remember the importance of human relationship and understand human agency. As a believer, you are a spirit housed in a body living in a physical world, no matter how far you journey in the spirit, you cannot escape the reality of living in a world of flesh.
Though the conditions of our lives may change, we must remain consistent, both in our relationship with God and in our communication with Him. The seasons of life may change, but God remains the same. As you remain faithful in your walk with God, He will continue to speak to you and provide direction. Your circumstances do not change God. In the moments of our weakness, when the brook dries up, God shows up.