“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)
The wicked Queen Jezebel and her spineless husband Ahab sat comfortably on their pompous backsides in the Palace while all Israel suffered the increasing difficulties of a long draught, brought on by the word of the Lord spoken through the prophet Elijah.
God told Elijah to go and wait by the brook Cherith, where, according to the Lord, “I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there” (1 Kings 17:4).
Elijah did as he was told – and so did the birds! “And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook”(1Ki 17:6). According to the Law, ravens were “unclean” – yet God used them in His service to His servant. And He stills does so to this day!
Is anything too hard for the Lord? Of course not! And, does He have the right to command birds, even dirty ones, to go against their nature in fulfilling His will? Absolutely.
Now, we do not know where the dirty birds got the twice daily supply of meat and bread to bring to Elijah, but it would not be stretching the matter to suppose that they pilfered it right out of the palace itself! Who else in a draught stricken land would have such supple supply of food but Jezebel and Ahab? How poetic it would if the Lord had the dirty birds take the food for Elijah right off the table of dirty Jezebel and stinky Ahab!
The Bible says that “the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous” (Pro.13:22). Who are we to say that God can’t use dirty birds to take good things away from dirty people, and drop them into the hands of His obedient servants? He’s God; and nothing is too difficult for Him!
Here’s the point, and this sets us up for tomorrow’s devotion. God “commanded” the ravens to do this. The Hebrew word means “to decree it as something ordained; to set in order by making all the necessary arrangements for it to occur.”
God did this for Elijah at the Brook by having the dirty birds obey His will. He also did it for Father Abraham when He spoke His eulogy over Abraham’s life; unleashing upon him the blessings of heaven like a flood. And, as we will see tomorrow, He did it again for one of the least likely people in all of the Bible. We only know her as the Widow of Zarephath, but her story holds great promise for everyone who hears it today — including you!
It just may be that dirty birds are already on their way to your location! “Never more” will you doubt God’s faithfulness in a dry and faithless land.
Stay tuned….a breakthrough is on the way.