I Kings 17:5-6 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
Ashamed to say, the picture of eating food dropped from the beak or claws of a bird is not our picture of a comfortable meal. Yet this was the provision of the Lord for Elijah. It kept the servant of God alive for those many months that he waited in isolation by the brook Cherith. While the drought raged on in the land of Israel, Elijah had enough food to sustain him every morning and every evening, similar to the Lord’s provision of bread from heaven in the wilderness for the children of Israel – enough for each day.
Seeing that the Lord used the ravens to feed Elijah reminds me of the words of Jesus –
Luke 12:24 “Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?”
There is so much uncertainty and fear about what lies ahead of us and what the outcome of all this upheaval will be. But the Lord promises again and again in His word to daily sustain those that put their trust in Him. He will take care of us as we continue to serve Him faithfully.
Even greater than that, we have the Bread of Life and the Living Water, Jesus Christ Himself, who desires to nourish our spirits with His Spirit. We can receive life from His Word and strength through communion with Him each and every day.