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1 Kings 17:1-16
Leviticus 11:13-19
Luke 12:22-26
Matthew 6:25-34

How many of you are campers? Like, real “camper campers,” not the gourmet glamping camper-type. I’m talking about sleeping on the ground where bugs and cold can actually interact with you.

For those of you adamantly identifying yourself as “camper campers,” would you still claim this title if you could only take the clothes you are currently wearing?

No extra food, no tent or sleeping bag, and no matches to light a fire.

Still in?
I didn’t think so!

True survivalists, unlike most of us, could successfully live in the wilderness, and one such example in Scripture is a prophet of the Lord, Elijah.

In 1 Kings, the Lord led Elijah into the wilderness to live by a brook where the ravens would feed him. After informing Israel’s wicked king, Ahab, that the Lord would withhold rain as a consequence of Israel’s idolatry, Elijah feared for his life. If I were Elijah, the object of Ahab’s rage, I would definitely be seeking the Lord for next steps. Even so, it took great faith for Elijah to obey.

  • Faith to go to the brook Cherish.
  • Faith to believe the Lord would provide food.
  • Faith to receive the food from the ravens.
  • Faith in the consistency of the Lord.

I wonder at the thoughts and emotions Elijah may have had while journeying to the brook. I’m curious what it was like to sit down at the brook for the first time. Did every flap of a bird’s wing catch his attention? Did he sense the Lord’s presence as he ate the bread and meat from the raven’s beak?

As I researched and prayed over this passage, the Holy Spirit opened my heart to comprehend much more to this story than my head initially understood.

In Leviticus 11:13-19, the law classifies ravens as detestable and abhorrent, not to be eaten. Perhaps this was Elijah’s first thought when the Lord said He would send ravens to feed him. He could have let the bread and meat sit on a rock, refusing to trust the Lord. Yet this miraculous provision delivered by a detestable animal demonstrated the loving care of the Lord. (Matthew 6:25-34)

The Lord built foundations of trust in Elijah during this time by the brook. From there, He built monuments to His glory through Elijah’s interactions with others, specifically the widow (1 Kings 17:8-24), calling fire down from heaven (1 Kings 18:20-40), and praying for rain after a multi-year drought. (1 Kings 18:41-46) Elijah’s meals with the Lord via the ravens impacted him for the rest of his life. 

A similar dinner memory of mine comes from a few Christmases ago. Every Christmas Eve, my family shares what we call our Bethlehem Supper, eating foods Mary and Joseph may have eaten years ago at the birth of Jesus. As we eat this meal, we reflect on the previous year, how the Lord has shown His faithfulness through it, and share prayer requests as we look to the next year.

This particular year was our last year as our family of five. My brother had been dating a lovely woman and shared how he hoped to propose early in the coming year. Through that dinner and our conversations, I sensed deep peace as the Lord highlighted her being the answer to countless prayers for the Lord to bring my brother a spouse. In the following months and years as our family grew to include another, the Lord brought that peace back to my heart and mind as a reminder to trust Him.

I am not a survivalist camper, but I am envious of this meal Elijah shared with the Lord. It would be worth the discomfort of a wilderness call to dine with the Lord, tasting the goodness of His heart for me, and experiencing the safety of His guidance in the midst of trials.

For every Christ-follower, the good news is that we are offered the abundance of communion with the Almighty each day if we come and meet with Him in prayer and feasting on His Word!

So if you hear Him call you to the table to dine with Him, even if it means stepping into the wilderness or saying no to something that seems urgently pressing, answer the call. Delight in the table He prepares before you. Savor the time. Trust Him to provide again and again and again. 

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