Monday, July 17, 2017

We need food and covering.

Then the LORD said to Elijah, "Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food." (1 Kings 17:2-4 NLT)
Elijah did the hard job of delivering a confrontational message to a king who is putting all God’s Prophets to death.  Now, the LORD is giving Elijah a place to hide, rest, and be sustained by God.

So Elijah did as the LORD told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. (1 Kings 17:5-6 NLT)
This isn’t exactly going to be three years staying at the Ritz.  He won’t be eating steak and baked potatoes for dinner.  He will be getting just enough to eat and drink so he will live.  But, really, that’s all he needs.  It’s all we need as well.
For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. (1 Timothy 6:7-8 NASB)
All too often, we use the word “need” to describe things that we want – even luxury items.  We forget that our level of need is actually much lower than the level at which we live.  We need air to breathe.  We need food to eat.  We need covering (clothing and shelter) to protect us from the elements.  Beyond that, it’s probably not a need.
How about you?  Do you live at the level of “need,” the level of “want,” or the level of “luxury”?  When you eat today, will it be food that you prefer and enjoy or simply food that you need?