In the Midst of Drought
By: Dr. Luauna Stines
Here in Southern California we are experiencing a drought, and many are experiencing a drought in your finances and life right now. A time which brings fear and uncertainty to the hearts of many, then I’m reminded of a story in the Bible, where in similar conditions, the Lord shows how much He cares and how we can depend on Him to see us through a drought.
In the Old Testament, in 1 Kings Chapter 17 there is a powerful story of a prophet of God, Elijah and his interaction with the widow of Zarephath. First the Lord sent Elijah to a brook, where He commanded the ravens to feed him, 1 Kings 17:2-6. When the brook dried up, the Lord sent Elijah to a widow in 1st Kings 17:5. What was God doing? Was this a rich widow who somehow had an abundance of money and food when all around there was lack, poverty and starvation? No, the widow was not rich, as a matter of fact, 1 Kings 17:12, she was about to cook the last of their food before she and her son would starve to death, all she had left was some oil and flour. She had given up all hope.
This is not just a story, there are many all around us today, in similar circumstances, who have lost all hope and do not have anywhere to turn, bills piling up, they are in the midst of hard times; feeling alone and overwhelmed by circumstances. I want to encourage you, Jesus is there, He is calling out to you, Matthew 11:28; “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
He loves you and wants to take care of you, just as he took care of Elijah, just as he took care of the widow. Elijah trusted in God, he followed God and depended on Him. When the widow heard the word of the Lord from the prophet, she also relied upon God. 1 Kings 17:16; “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.” Why did they make it through the drought? Because God is faithful, He is able to provide through any and many situations! When it looks like the 11th hour and it seems like all is lost, call on Him! When the circumstances seem impossible, turn to Him, who makes all things possible. When you are up against the sea, call on Him who parts it! When everything seems so dark, remember He is the light!
Trust Jesus, I know He will take care of you; I know He will provide for you, I know He will be there. Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever. When times are hard, run to Him. I have run to Jesus, time and time again. His love is so deep, wide and high. Jesus loves you so much! His arms are wide open, run to Him in your time of trouble! As a single mother, a cancer survivor, and a widow, I have run to Him a thousand times over. Jesus has and is always faithful, I love you dear reader! Psalm 91:1-2; “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”
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