Elijah abruptly appears on the scene of Israel's evil idolatry in 1 Kings 17. A prophet of God, he announces God's judgment—a drought—as punishment for the Baal worship into which Ahab, king of Israel, has led God's people (see 1 Kings 16:29-33).
In the midst of the drought, God met all Elijah's needs with supernatural provision. We're told in 1 Kings 17:6, "The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook."
God has His purpose for you to be exactly where you are.
God's children rarely seek to be hidden. However, it is in the hidden moments that men and women of faith are drawn closer to God and prepared for greater ministry. Joseph grew during his time of exile and imprisonment. Moses spent years in the desert before his greatest ministry. Esther spent a considerable amount of time being prepared to be presented to the king. Paul spent three silent years in northern Arabia before he launched his ministry.
Has God hidden you for a time? Are you feeling isolated, endangered, or unused for the Kingdom? God has His purpose for you to be exactly where you are. Use this time to refresh yourself in the Word.
Prayer: God, in this season of hiding, I pray that I would draw closer to You. Help me not to be discouraged, but to remember that You have a purpose for this season of my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him" (Psalm 37:7).
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