God Takes Care of His Own
I Kings 17:1-16
INTRODUCTION: Have you ever been in a tight spot where there didn't seem to be enough to make ends meet? Your finances were such that you didn't know how you were going to make things work out. I think most of us been there at one time or the other. Such was the case with the poor widow who lived in Zarephath, a coastal town near the Mediterranean Sea.
Elijah, God's prophet, had called for a drought upon King Ahab and the house of Israel because of their rebellion and their worship of the god, Baal—the drought would last three years, bringing famine and disaster.
Because of the drought, God sent his servant, Elijah, to the Brook Cherith, where he nourished him with flesh brought by the ravens and water from the brook. When the brook dried up, God sent Elijah to see the widow mentioned in chapter seventeen.
The title of our message is "God Takes Care of His Own. And as we will see, it often happens in the worst of circumstances. Let me give you my outline...
I. An Abundant Provision
II. A Pitiful Condition
III. A Tested Faith
I. AN ABUNDANT PROVISION
A. God's Intervention
1. During one of the worst times Israel ever
experienced, the Lord demonstrated to Elijah His ability to take care of him. I am reminded of Psalm 23:1, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." How many times can we remember God intervening in our lives? Maybe we were out of work. Maybe we had little or no money left in the bank. Maybe we had an unexpected bill that had depleted our resources...we began to wonder, "What will I do?" And just when we thought things were impossible, God intervened. I am reminded of the following quote:
ILLUS: "When God is going to do something good, He begins with a problem. When He is going to do something wonderful, He begins with an impossibility."
You may be here today as someone who is
facing a difficult time. It could be your finances; it could be your job; it might be that you are struggling just to make the mortgage payment. Whatever it is, you need to know that God will intervene. David said, " I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread" (Psalm 37:25). Prov. 10:3 says, "The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked."
ILLUS: When I was attending college, life was hard. Different than the average student who was single and 19-25 years of age, I was 34 and had a family. I was working the night shift as a security guard at an all night grocery store. My meager salary was not enough to even cover our expenses. There was the house rent, utilities, food, gas for the cars—your typical expenses. On top of that, there was the school bill; in addition, we had Dana enrolled in a Christian school. Life was a complicated, to say the least.
Kitty had been praying that God would provide a job ...
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