1 Kings 17:7
“And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”
It must have been a little unnerving for Elijah to go to the brook every day to get some water, but seeing it dry up little by little to the point that nothing was there. It was God who told him to go hide by the brook Cherith, and yet now the brook that God told him to hide by dried up. Have you ever been there when it seems the brook in your life has dried up like it did for Elijah? Have you ever obeyed God and it seemed to turn bad? My friend, the God who led you to your brook Cherith is able to provide for you when it dries up. When you look at this verse, you see several things that this verse does not say.
First, it does not say that God made a mistake. It would be easy to think that God made a mistake in leading Elijah to this brook, but He did not. Likewise, God never makes a mistake in His leading even when His leading seems to go awry.
Second, it does not say that God lost His power to provide. You must always remember that the God who made the brook can also make the brook dry up. Just because it dried up doesn’t mean that God lost His power to provide.
Third, it does not say that God didn’t know that it was going to dry up. God knew before He told Elijah to go to the brook that it was going to dry up, and He knew before He led you to where you are what you were going to face. This doesn’t mean that God made a mistake; it simply means that you are living in God’s plan, even if His plan doesn’t seem to make sense to you.
There are four lessons you need to remember when the brook dries up in your life. First, God is still God when the brook dries up. God hasn’t lost His deity or omnipotence just because everything seems to have dried up in your life. God is still God no matter where you are in life. God is still God when the finances are drying up, the job is about to be extinct, health is going awry, or life in general has turned for the worse. Always remember that God’s omnipotence is not based on your ability to understand what’s happening in your life; the fact that God’s omnipotent means that His power is unlimited.
Second, God’s will is still His will when the brook dries up. Just because your brook in life has dried up doesn’t mean you should jump out of God’s will. The worst thing to do when the brook of life dries up is to jump out of God’s will. When you get out of God’s will is when you get away from the source of God’s provision when everything in life dries up.
Third, God can use you to help another when the brook dries up. God told Elijah to go to Zarephath and find a widow woman who was gathering sticks to light a fire to prepare her last meal for her and her son. Had Elijah not obeyed God, this widow woman and her son would have died of hunger. You have to understand that God allows the brook to dry up in your life so that He can use you to be a help to someone else.
Fourth, God can still provide when the brook dries up. My friend, trust God. God knows how He is going to provide for you in your time of need. You may not know where it is going to come from, but He always has and will always provide for you. When your brook dries up, keep trusting God and doing what He tells you to do, and you will find that He will provide.