“2 And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, 3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. 5 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. 6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. 7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land” 1 Kings 17:2-7.
(Like many of you, I seek out ways to provide for my family, and sometimes there are ideas that I have that would bring food to the table to sustain us. But upon thinking about some of this, I was led to consideration of the text in 1 Kings 17 where Elijah had been directed to go to the stream in the wilderness after his ordeal with King Ahab. We know of the story in the cave where God spoke to him in that still small voice. We know perhaps how he was taken care of at Zarephath by the widow. But do we consider how God fed him directly from his own hand by the stream? God still wants to feed His servants in this hour. He still wants to show them that He alone can sustain them. He wants them to know that they don’t need to seek their own stream or waters, for they may well not sustain them.)
“There are many of you that I AM feeding directly from my hand. Just as Elijah was fed by the ravens, I want you to know that I can feed you. In and out of season, my servants are to be fed in this way.
If there is no work to be found; if there is no employment anywhere, come to that stream that I’ve planted you by. There you will be fed supernaturally. For the creek will not run dry. It will flow on forever. For it’s waters come directly from my throne. Sit and be fed by the ravens. Don’t run off and do something else.
Many are called, but few are chosen. And yet, to those who are chosen, few there are that know that I can truly feed them by my hand.
My hands are always open. My hands can hold the world in them. My hands can hold a small baby in them, and my hands can soften the hardest hearts. What father does not want to give good gifts to his son? If then you as earthly fathers know how to give these good gifts, then how much more would I do for you?
Come and sit by the brook a while. Behold the beauty all around you. Ponder how my hand has created all of this. Then know how I can provide for my own.”
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?