So he went and did according to the word of the LORD, for he went and lived by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan.1 Kings 17:5(NASB)
It was the Word of the Lord that caused Elijah the Tishbite to storm into the throne-room of King Ahab and announce that there would be neither rain nor dew on the earth.. in the years that lay ahead, and it was the Word of the Lord that directed Elijah, the prophet from Gilead, to go east of Jordan and to hide himself by the brook Cherith - for the Lord had purposed to use a rippling brook of the meadow and some simple ravens of the air to nourish Elijah with food and water, during the coming season of drought.
Elijah believed the Word of the Lord and acted upon it. He was not pre-warned how long the drought would last nor was he informed of God's planned provision by the brook Cherith, but Elijah believed the Word of the Lord and Elijah acted upon the Word of the Lord - and the result is an unfolding story of God's grace and God's provision.. of God's power and God's sovereignty - and it resulted in God being glorified down through the ages - because His servant, Elijah was obedient.
Elijah believed God's Word and Elijah acted upon God's Word and Elijah is an example to all God's children of the importance to read, mark, learn, inwardly digest, believe and act upon the Word of God. We are not to act on our own foolish imagination or fleshly inclination but on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord, for we are His creation - created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared ahead of time, for us to walk in - to HIS praise and glory.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the many examples of godly men and women, both in scripture and down through the ages, who have lived by faith, trusted Your Word and acted on Your instruction, by grace through faith. Keep me from acting on my own imaginations or fleshly inclinations but help me I pray, to read and come to a deeper understanding of Your Word, and to believe and to act upon it - as directed by Your Holy Spirit. This I ask in the precious name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour, AMEN.
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