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“When the brook dries up…”

Elijah, the prophet of God, had just finished prophesying to King Ahab that God was going to send a drought for three years in Israel. Then, the Lord told the prophet to “get out of town, head east toward the brook Cherith, and hide.” God had already commanded the ravens to bring Elijah bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening… So, when the great famine hit, Elijah had plenty of food and water for a while…

“And it came to pass after a while (maybe several years), that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.” 1 Kings 17:7

Then God spoke to him again, “Get thee to Zarephath […] I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.” 1 Kings 17:9

What? A poor widow woman? In the time of famine? That doesn’t make sense at all…

Sometimes the only way God can get us “to move” is to dry up our brook! We may get so comfortable on a job, in a location, or with someone, that we don’t want to leave. Perhaps we have been in a neighborhood, or on a job, or with someone, and God needs to “send us on.” We won’t move because we have become “comfortable.” So, what does He do? He dries up your brook! Now, you have “to move on.”

But it only means that your greatest blessings are ahead. And not only for you, but the Lord may need to use you to be a blessing to someone else! So, don’t fret “when your brook dries up!” There’s something better “just around the corner!” Sherry

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