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Sit Back and Receive God’s Myriad Blessings

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God’s blessings come in many shapes and sizes.

Recently, we talked about how God won’t lead you where He won’t feed you. We also studied parts of the prophet Elijah’s journey during the severe drought. When Elijah started out on his journey, God directed him to the Kerith Brook and told him to drink from the stream. God also commanded the ravens to feed Elijah.

Eventually, the brook dried up, and Elijah could no longer receive his water from the brook nor his food from the ravens. God then sent Elijah to meet a widow and the widow became his source for food and water.

It is clear that ravens in the air and a widow look quite different. That’s because God’s blessings come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes, we can be caught off guard when God’s blessings come from a different source. In other words, we can be guilty of confining God’s blessings to our own understanding.

For example, God used nature—the brook and the birds of the air—to bless Elijah during the first part of his journey. Therefore, the human inclination is to look towards nature again because we believe that if God used nature once, He will use it again. Yet that is not necessarily true.

This is how we can miss our blessings. We are looking for them to come from one way, and they end up coming from another direction and in a different form. However, they are all blessings from the Lord as it all belongs to Him.

The next time God’s actions feel like a Jedi mind trick to you, remember these words: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.” Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)

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So today, don’t try to case God’s blessings—just receive them.

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God Will Lead You to Sustenance

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Luke 12:24 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God won’t lead you where He won’t feed you.

Recently, we were talking about the fear of scarcity. I talked about the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow. In the story, he asked her for bread, and her response was centered around fear of lack. The widow told him that she only had enough to prepare a last meal for her son and herself, and then she planned to die.

Let’s contrast her approach with Elijah’s. When Elijah started out on his assignment from God, there was a severe drought going on. The Lord told Elijah to go to the Kerith Brook, and he would drink from there. God also commanded the ravens to feed Elijah both in the morning and evening.

Yet sometime thereafter, the brook dried up. Elijah’s response wasn’t to ask God how He could send him to a brook that would dry up. Nor was his response like the widow’s. He didn’t just take one last sip from the brook and resign himself to death.

Instead, Elijah kept his faith that God would not lead him to a place where He would not feed him. Before Elijah could even ask for help, God was leading him to the next part of his journey where, of course, he would continue to be fed.

If you are worrying about your own provisions today, cling to these words: “Consider the ravens: they neither sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable are you than birds!” Luke 12:24 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, know that God has you.