God Can Provide

Here are the sermon notes from July 1st, 2012

I.  Miraculous Provision 1.0

I Kings 17:1-7 And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “Asthe Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”

So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

Elijah was faithful to say what God had sent him to proclaim.  It was not a popular message.  It was a sentence of judgement upon the land.  There was severe drought, followed by famine.  During this time God provided for Elijah in a very unusual way.  Have you ever thought about what this time was like for Elijah?  All alone, by a brook, ravens bringing him his food, only God as a companion.  It was undoubtably both strange, and precious.

II.  Miraculous Provision 2.0

I Kings 17: 8-16

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”

15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.

The brook dried up.  Circumstances changed, but God still provided.  The widow heard what Elijah said to her and acted in faith.  God rewarded that act of faithfulness by providing for Elijah and her family for the duration of the famine.  God blessed and used what she had to offer. 

III.  Miraculous Provision 3.0

II KIngs 4: 1-7

4 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”

So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”

Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”

So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”

And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

Now Elijah’s disciple,  Elisha, is the prophet.  Again there is a widow who is in need of help.  She calls out to Elisha, believing that he can speak for God.  Elijah gives her direction and she is obedient to do as the prophet tell her.  God again uses what she has, and her family is provided for in their time of need. 

God is always able to provide.  It might not be what we expect, or in the way that we expect, but God is able.  God is faithful.  He expects us to both have faith and to faithfully live out our lives in obedience to Him.    He is our shepherd, we shall not want…

 

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2 Responses to “God Can Provide”

  1. Gani Rivera Says:

    I was wondering why the writer missed to discuss the miracle God did to the widow’s son?

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      This message was primarily about God’s provision. The ability of God to do many wonderful things is not disputed, it was just not the focus of this sermon.

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