Called to Help

Then Elijah, the prophet from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, "As surely as the Lord God of Israel lives - the God whom I worship and serve - there won't be any dew or rain for several years until I say the word!"

Then the Lord said to Elijah, "Go to the east and hide by Cherith Brook at a place east of where it enters the Jordan River. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to feed you.

So he did as the Lord had told him to, and camped beside the brook. The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. 1 Kings 17: 1-6 (TLB)

In today's reading after Elijah commanded a drought, God made all the arrangements for Elijah to survive. It is amazing to Frances Huezo, from California, how God takes care of God's people. Frances imagines that Elijah was surprised to hear that God had chosen ravens as his benefactors, but I am sure he was grateful for their daily delivery of meat and bread.

Unexpected benefactors have also blessed Frances. Once a woman sent him a check for the exact amount of money he desperately needed to fix his car. She had no clue he needed it, and Frances had never done much to bless her. Nevertheless, she acted on her faith and was obedient to God's call to offer help.

Many people around the world are dealing with the loss of loved ones, their own health, financial security, or even just peace of mind. Frances knows God can and will perform miracles. Though many of us have felt and may still feel like Elijah, perhaps it is our turn to be the ravens. God may call us to buy food, make car payments, clean homes, teach children, pray, and cry for friends and strangers. We show our faithfulness when we listen and obey God's call for us to be benefactors.

Prayer: God of all the world, make us channels of your blessings. Help us seize every opportunity to show your love to the people around us. Help us be the ravens who provide for your servants, in Jesus' name. amen.

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