The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, September 21, 2021 comes to us from Frances Huezo of California
1 Kings 17:1-6
Elijah Announces a Great Drought 1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” 2 Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah: 3 “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” 5 So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
Called To Help
In today’s reading after Elijah commanded a drought, God made all the arrangements for Elijah to survive. It is amazing to me how God takes care of God’s people. I imagine that Elijah was surprised to hear that God had chosen ravens as his benefactors, but I am sure he was grateful for their daily delivery of meat and bread. Unexpected benefactors have also blessed me. Once a woman sent me a check for the exact amount of money I desperately needed to fix my car. She had no clue I needed it, and I had never done much to bless her. Nevertheless, she acted on her faith and was obedient to God’s call to offer help.
Many people around the world are dealing with the loss of loved ones, their own health, financial security, or even just loved ones, their own health, financial security or even just peace of mind. I know God can and will perform miracles. Though many of us have felt and may still feel like Elijah, perhaps it is our turn to be the ravens. God may call us to buy food, make car payments, clean homes, teach children, pray, and cry for friends and strangers. We show our faithfulness when we listen and obey God’s call for us to be benefactors.
Those experiencing poverty.
Thought for the Day:
How will I answer God’s call to provide for others today?
God of all the world, make us channels of your blessings. Help us seize every opportunity to show your love to the people around us. Help us be the ravens who provide for your servants. Amen. –Frances Huezo
Friends – Poverty is the plight of many in our world. The recent natural and political tragedies we have experienced have made these circumstances even more horrible. Frances Huezo reminds us that God has given all of us the capacity to be “ravens” for those who are in need of food or housing or clothing or prayer.
The church has always been a community of benefactors because we understand God’s calling to become “ravens” for those who are in need. And so, we are called to consider who might need us to become those “ravens”. I invite you to consider the ways through which you as an individual and we as a congregation can become “ravens”, like the ones who fed Elijah.