Wants versus Needs

When the power went off during that ice storm, everyone had to adjust their eating.  I ate canned salmon and drank peach juice, because that is what I had on hand.

I confess I felt quite Biblical and even prophet-like at breakfast because various Bible heroes struggled with their food supply too. For instance, Elijah lived on brook water and bread delivered by ravens. (1 Kings 17)  Maybe the bread came from the local garbage dump or a kid’s left-over crusts!

Never mind. Elijah ate it anyway, even though the Bible says this

“These are the birds you are to detest. Don’t eat them. They are detestable: eagle, vulture, osprey, kite, all falcons, all ravens. (Leviticus 11:13a, AMP)

Well technically, Elijah was not eating the birds, but there is a great lesson here. Sometimes, God uses the unholy to deliver just what we need.

Elijah obeyed God’s orders.  And sure enough, ravens brought him his meals, both breakfast and supper, and he drank from the brook. (1 Kings 17:5-6, MSG)

Elijah obeyed, even when God seemed to make no sense at all.

Prayer – Lord when we are confused by your words, please give us the energy, grace and strength to obey them anyway. Amen

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