The brook has dried up!
God is moving you on to greater provision
and greater works!
In the book of 1 Kings chapter 17, we will see where god had sent the prophet Elijah to the Brook of Cherith, after he had prophesied that there would be no rain in Israel for 3 years. However, even during the famine, God still caused the ravens to feed Elijah and allowed him to drink water from the brook. After a while, God allowed the brook to dry up and God then told Elijah to go Zarephath, to the widow’s house, where God gave him greater provision and also used him to do a great work by raising the widow’s son from the dead!
Specifically, sometimes in our lives, even if there is a drought or famine around us, God will still sustain his people just as he sustained Elijah for a time down by the Brook of Cherith. Then, on the other hand, God sometimes will cause things in our life to “dry up” and become stagnated because He wants us to get out of our comfort zones, and move on to the greater things that He has for us!
Generally speaking, there are times when we will be in a place in our lives and things can be going good for a while, but after a while, things begin to slow down, come to a stand still and then may become stagnated all together. For instance, it can be in any area of life such as relationships with friends, family and associates, jobs and careers, education decisions, ministries or places of church membership, businesses, geographical locations, etc. Also, when the people, places, and things are becoming stagnated in our lives and is no longer being fruitful or productive for us, it is time to reassess God’s will for our lives concerning them.
More than enough times, we can become too comfortable or too complacent in the places that we are. We tend not to want to move or to progress because we are too comfortable with the people, place, or situation. Meanwhile, if you are not prospering where you are, if nothing is producing in the places where you are, if people are not adding to you but indeed taking away spiritually, financially, emotionally, and mentally — then you need to move on because you can do bad all by yourself.
On the whole, we need to get out of our comfort zone and don’t continue to linger around these proverbial “brooks”. Instead, we must pick up and move on because God has something better for us in the next season of our lives; therefore, we should not want anyone or anything that has dried up, stagnated, or unproductive in our lives to hinder us from moving into the place of greater provision and greater works where God is desiring to take us!
“1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, as the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. 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. 8 and the word of the lord came unto him,saying, 9 arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee” 1 Kings 17:1-9 (NIV).
– by Geraldine Coleman
Geraldine Coleman: Is a teacher and educator and ministers to prisoners at a prison facility where she is an instructor.