Sometimes we wonder why God seems to dry up our blessings. Something He gave us now is gone!
The prophet Elijah experienced that when he was in hiding during the famine in Israel. God blessed him by providing free food and a brook of fresh water to drink. (1 Kings 17:5-6). He was quite comfortable and peaceful, until one day God dried up his brook!
When Christians’ blessing brook dries up, they may feel they’ve displeased the Father. The real reason for dried-up blessing brooks is that, just as He was doing in Elijah’s life, God dries up brooks in our lives to get us to move into another level of our Christian walk. The Lord propels us from glory to glory. If He didn’t, we’d be content to sit on our blessings and never move on. The Father, being concerned about our spiritual growth, simply dries up the brooks on the spiritual level we’re on in order that we start seeking Him for new direction for our lives — just as Elijah had to do.
It’s a normal reaction to feel discouraged when a brook dries up. We may be really seeking the Lord, and the Word is very alive to us, when suddenly, we reach an impasse – the scriptures seem to be closed, and it’s difficult to pray and worship the Lord. That’s a sure sign that He’s dried up the brook at one level and it’s time to seek the Lord.
Sometimes it seems that God Himself is trying to discourage us. When Elijah knew he was going to be taken up to heaven, he tried to discourage Elisha from going with him to see it happen (2 Kings. 2:2, 4, 6). Why did He do that? To see if Elisha would persist in seeking the blessing. At times we are allowed to be discouraged in order to learn to be persistent in seeking the Lord.
As soon as we really begin to be really comfortable in the Lord, He may allow a situation to arise that appears discouraging. Yet, later when we look back, we realize that very situation was a real factor of strengthening our faith. We are supposed to encourage one other. But true faith does not necessarily thrive on encouragement, and our faith is never really tested if our blessing brook is always full.
So when God gives you a Word, a promise, or a calling, remember that often when you try to walk in that Word, He’ll dry up your brook, or throw a mountain in your way, or allow you to be pursued by a pharaoh, or persecuted by a Pharisee, or whatever else is necessary to cause you to really seek Him for the divine fulfillment of that Word over your life.
If you sit and complain to God about the dry brook you’re facing, you’ll get nowhere. After Elijah’s brook dried completely up, then the Word of the Lord came to him giving him his next assignment. (1 Kings 17:8.) And that assignment was greater than any he had been given to date – to slay the prophets of Baal and take on Queen Jezebel.
Is your brook dry? Don’t be discouraged; it’s time to get up, move on and grow!
The Rev. Anne Barber, pastor of My Father’s House Church, 7215 U.S. 301 N. Ellenton. can be reached at 776-9016 or by visiting www.myfathershouseinc.com. Faith Matters is a feature of Saturday’s Herald, written by local clergy members.