God Provides, a Day at a Time

“Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘”Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there.” ‘So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.” – 1 Kings 17:2-6 (NIV)

This blog is now over one week old. It has been a challenging and rewarding journey for me. I felt the Holy Spirit lead me to do it, so I have obeyed, but coming up with fresh material each day was a concern when I started. What would I say each day? But throughout this week I have found that it is not about what I say, it is about what God gives to me daily to say. You see, I started out thinking I would have to plan ahead and come up with several days’ worth of material. What I have done instead is spent quiet time in prayer every morning or afternoon, waiting patiently for God to reveal His Word to me for that day only, when He was ready. And He has not failed me! I never know each morning what I will post that day. I sometimes start a post going in one direction, but the Holy Spirit often leads me another way. But as I continue to pray, even while writing, the Spirit makes is clear what I am to say. I am His instrument, relying on His Word and His timing each morning.

Elijah was fleeing Ahab with explicit instructions from God and God said He would take care of him. I imagine Elijah wanted to take some food or supplies with him, I know I would! But God told him that the ravens would care for his daily needs, one day at a time. And they did. They brought food to him each morning and each evening. Imagine relying on birds to provide your meal each day, not knowing where it would come from! But Elijah trusted God to meet his needs one day at a time, and God did.

Jesus says in the Lord’s Prayer “Give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). We are to pray for our “daily bread”, which I think of as not just food, but any need we may have. Jesus didn’t say to pray for our “weekly bread”, or our “monthly bread”, but to pray for what we need for that day alone, and God would provide.

What do you need, for this day only? Trust God to provide what you need. Do you need encouragement? Do you need a listening ear? A calm heart? Pray to God for your needs for just today, and be amazed at how He responds!

Prayer- “God of today and eternity, you are not bounded by time. Help me to trust you in meeting my needs for today only. Lead me in prayer to discover what my daily needs really are, and open my eyes and my heart to how you work in my life a day at a time. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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