Evil was rampant in the land and King Ahab corruptly ruled. God appointed Elijah to prophesy against him. So he said to the king: “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word” (1 Kings 17:1).
Now he needed an escape route and God told him to hide by a brook called Cherith. This was not a spa resort or a four star hotel. Life was pretty sparse. Still, God did not leave him without provision. ”And it shall be that you shall drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there” (Verse 4). That’s what happened. The “ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he would drink from the brook” (Verse 5).
Sometimes when you follow God closely you get exiled to a remote desert or obscure brook. You may think to yourself: “Hey, I was doing what was right; I was obeying God. Now look what I get for it. Why am I stuck here in no man’s land?”
Well, are you better than our friend Elijah? If you are out posted to someplace like Cherith do not be dismayed and do not complain. You may think that your exploits for God deserve a feast and you find none. You won’t starve though. Look closely. Remember, there’s always hidden food.