A Place Called “There” – Change

Posted: January 6, 2011 in A Place Called "There"

How often one sees people looking far and wide for what they are holding in their hands? Why! I am doing it myself at this very moment.  ~Augustus William Hare

Elijah didn’t have all the answers or know what would happen next when he spoke the prophecy to King Ahab (1 Kin. 17:1). I do not have all the answers or know what is going to happen next.

Ahab had forbidden worship of the true God, instituting Baal worship. He killed the prophets of the Lord, and Elijah was putting himself in harm’s way by obeying the Lord. i am not in harm’s way by the things i am doing, at least not in the life and death way that Elijah was. Also it wasn’t until after Elijah delivered the word of the Lord, that God spoke to him about how He would protect and sustain him. today i am acting on what God speaks to me and am engaged in delivering it but have no idea how God intends on protecting and sustaining me. But i have my purpose statement to cling to, “That i live each day to apply my life to the word,” and i have learned that there is power in the process to the promise

1 Kings 17:2-4 says, “And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.”

One of the great lessons i am still learning is that God doesn’t reveal His complete plan immediately. He reveals His will to me one step at a time. After i obey the first step, He shows me the next. Why should the Lord show me step two or ten if i haven’t obeyed step one?

The Lord told Elijah to go to the Brook Cherith. He had already commanded the ravens to bring Elijah bread and meat “THERE” every morning and evening. Provision was always on time.

But notice this: The Lord didn’t send Elijah’s provision to where he was. A quarterback doesn’t throw the football to where the receiver is, but where the receiver is going. Elijah’s miracle wasn’t where he was but where the Lord was sending him.

i have a place called “THERE,” where the blessings of the Lord are waiting. The Lord never fails to provide, but i often fail to receive because i am not all “THERE.” If Elijah had not gone to his place called “THERE,” his disobedience would not have stopped God’s faithfulness; however, he would not have received the provision; it was “THERE,” by the Brook Cherith.

This is exactly what happens to me. The Lord places things on my heart to say or do. But, if  i haven’t obeyed, i’m not in my place of “THERE.” i want to see the Lord’s provision before i go “THERE.”

At various times in my life i must consider that if i am not seeing God’s provision it may be because i am not doing what He has told me to do. This doesn’t mean the Lord is punishing me. If Elijah hadn’t gone “THERE,” he would have lost his provision.

And get this, “THERE” changes. God changed the place and method of Elijah’s provision. It may be that the place and method of my provision has changed as well. It may be that i am here and the provision is “THERE?”

“And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee” (1 Kin. 17:8-9).

i can’t just seek the Lord once, hear His voice, step out in faith, and then stop listening. The Lord brings me into His perfect will step by step. Look at all the times God changed Elijah’s “THERE.”

Elijah’s willingness to go “THERE” led Him to the city of Zarephath where he asked a widow to give him the last of her food. It looked like he was taking from this woman, but he was actually giving to her. Instead of this being her last meal before dying, the Lord multiplied this woman’s supplies, which kept her, her son, and Elijah alive for about three years (1 Kin. 17:15-16). That wasn’t all the widow received. Her faithfulness in giving caused her son to be raised from the dead (1 Kin. 17:17-23).

Elijah went on to call-fire down from heaven and consume a sacrifice in the sight of all of the people of Israel (1 Kin. 18:36-38). The people who saw it cried out, “The Lord, He is the God. The Lord, He is the God.” They killed all the prophets of Baal, and the whole nation turned to the Lord.

That same day, Elijah prayed and ended the drought by a great rain storm (1 Kin. 18:41-45). He was so pumped, he outran Ahab’s chariot in a twenty-mile race after Ahab had a head start.

So my conclusion is that “There” can not be a destiny. It is not a place on the map or an event to be scheduled. “There” can be elusive and short-lived depending on God. This reminds me of a recent study and message i did on “Who Moved My Cheese?” Who moved my There?

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