ELIJAH WATCHED AND WAITED

HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“It came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land” (1 Kings 17:7).

Week after week, with unfaltering and steadfast spirit, Elijah watched that dwindling brook; often tempted to stagger through unbelief, but refusing to allow his circumstances to come between himself and God. Unbelief sees God through circumstances, as we sometimes see the sun shorn of his rays through the smoky air; but faith puts God between itself and circumstances, and looks at them through Him. And so the dwindling brook became a silver thread, and the silver thread stood presently in pools at the foot of the largest boulders, and the pools shrank. The birds fled; the wild creatures of field and forest came no more to drink; the brook was dry. Only then to his patient and unwavering spirit, “the word of the Lord came, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath.”

Most of us would have gotten anxious and worn with planning long before that. We should have ceased our songs as soon as the streamlet carolled less musically over its rocky bed; and with harps swinging on the willows, we should have paced to and fro upon the withering grass, lost in pensive thought. And probably, long ere the brook was dry, we should have devised some plan, and asking God’s blessing on it, would have started off elsewhere.

God often does extricate us, because His mercy endureth for ever; but if we had only waited first to see the unfolding of His plans, we should never have found ourselves landed in such an inextricable labyrinth; and we should never have been compelled to retrace our steps with so many tears of shame. Wait, patiently wait!

So today we are looking ahead to see who goes before us and how we can catch up and pass those ahead of us. Our patience has run out before we get started on the road. Where I started I am still there waiting for the message to move over because there is a call from Macedonia to come over and help. That is what I am feeling in my spirit, but I am still waiting for the voice to give the direct summons. So like Elijah who waited until the last moment or minute, but he was in obedience to the word of God and that is to wait for the next direction like the good “mourning” days.

The big problem with spiritual people is they get impatient and then venture on their own and some crash, some get devoured, some yield to temptation and their sins are ever before them. There is no way they can hide their faults because they did not wait on the Lord. Elijah is our example here and he had no other option but to wait. God fed him by that brook while it was drying up and because he trusted God he had to wait to live out the drought that befell the land. Then we can say like David that my help comes from the Lord which made the heavens and the earth.

Author: Godfrey Gregg