Elijah Is Fed by Ravens
Elijah put his trust in God
A bag of bird seed
"Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.” 1 Kings 17:4 (NLT)
Can you guess what I have in my hand? It is a bag of birdseed. Do any of you have a bird feeder in your yard? Feeding birds is a very popular activity. I have read that there are more than 52 million Americans who feed birds around their home. Why do they do it? Most people do it because they want to attract more birds to come to their area. Some people find it to be a very relaxing activity. It is a well-known fact that many people feed birds, but have you ever heard of birds feeding a person? Well that is exactly what our lesson is about today.
Our Bible story today is about a prophet of God by the name of Elijah. At this time there was a very wicked king in Israel by the name of Ahab. Because of the evil things that Ahab was doing, Elijah told him that there would be no dew or rain for several years until he gave the word. Because of what Elijah told him, Ahab hated him and wanted to harm him.
The Lord said to Elijah, " Go and hide by Kerith Brook where it enters the Jordan River. There you will have plenty to drink from the brook and you will eat what the ravens bring to you. You see, God told the birds to take food to Elijah every day.
So Elijah did what God told him to do and camped beside the brook. Guess what happened? Every morning and evening the birds brought bread and meat for Elijah to eat and he had plenty to drink just as God had promised him.
Isn't it wonderful how God took care of Elijah? Well, it is even true that God cares for his children today. Jesus himself said, "If God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?'" (Matthew 6:29-31)
Let us pray.
Father, help us to trust in you and do what you tell us to do. We know that you will care for us just as you cared for your prophet Elijah. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.