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 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!
In our world, we have not learned to wait for anything. We want it now without any delay. So many times we ask for things that we cannot control and we end up a wreck. There are some who wants something because they saw another person with it and they will go at length to get it even if they have to destroy the reputation of that person. It is not so with a true child of God. You have to learn to wait on the Lord or you can cause a crisis in the camp. Here is a perfect example of a man of God following directions. You can do the same if you are not too anxious. May Almighty God bless and keep us in His sservice.