1 Kings 17:4-6
“4 It shall be that you will drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there. 5 So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and lived by the brook Cherish, which is east of the Jordan. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and he would drink from the brook.
Solitude. Every Christian life has solitude. Elijah the Tishbite was drawn out of the public eye after he prophecied about an impending drought. He was drawn out to the wilderness to sit alone with God by a brook, sustained only by God’s provisions.
He stayed there alone in communion with God, only accompanied by Ravens who brought him bread and meat. Ravens were despised creatures, ravenous and preyed on the flesh of animals. Yet, God chose the Ravens to sustain Elijah during this season of solitude. God typically chooses the unlikely people/things of this world to confound the wise (1 Cor 1:27). Elijah lived in the presence of God with “just enough.” God sent the Ravens twice a day to feed Elijah. Elijah had to rely solely on God for every provision. Morning and night only the sustenance of God sustained him, this is a continual reminder of our daily, hourly, minute by minute dependence on God for our needs. He always provides “just enough.”
It is during this time, away from it all, that Elijah built strength, and faith in God. His daily communion with God was a preparation for what was to come. In our lonely seasons, our seasons of solitude, let God fill us to the brim with his word. Let’s make it a learned season, a season of growth and sustenance by God and God alone. Let’s thank God for our ravens, and his continual provision of “just enough.”