When the Brook Dries Up

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And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.

1 Kings 17:7


Elijah depended on God to provide food and water during the 3 1/2-year famine. Living out in the wilderness, he would’ve died without God’s intervention. When the brook dried up, he could have stayed and waited for it to run with water again or he could move forward in his faith journey. Elijah chose to listen and obey God’s command to stay with the widow.

Every believer will, at some time, experience their brook drying up. It could be a relationship breakup, a job loss, a failed exam, or anything that we once believed and trusted would always be there. It’s gone and we are left with little to nothing to show for our time and energy. When our brook dries up, we are faced with the same choice as Elijah: sit and brood about what we’ve lost or move forward with the next journey of our lives.

When our brook dries up, there’s an opportunity for our faith to be stretched in the Lord. He loves us too much to let us remain the same. However painful the journey, if we place all of our trust in the Lord, He will make us stronger in the faith.

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When our brook dries up, we will realize that God is all we need. People will let us down, but God is always there to encourage and strengthen our hearts. We were never created to depend on people—just in the Lord.

When our brook dries up, we begin to look more like Jesus than at any other time in our lives. We can suffer yet still praise God. We can lose, but still gain so much more in spiritual growth. We can be disappointed or discouraged, but still push forward in this Christian journey.

Prayer

Dear Lord, my brook has dried up and I have You to help me through the difficult days. I pray that my strength be renewed every day as I look to You for help in the time of trouble. Amen.

In His Service,

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