So [Elijah] did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 1 Kings 17:5-6
I’m pausing in the study of kings to talk a bit about a very intriguing character in the Old and New Testament, Elijah. In this passage -in the midst of all the kings – the ravens are feeding Elijah. Think about that for a second. Ravens. What kind of meat would they bring him, the kind we get in our stores, all wrapped in plastic? Probably not. The meat in and of itself is miraculous. ‘Where’d the ravens get the bread? Bread doesn’t grow on trees. And he received this food from the ravens twice a day!
Would you be grateful if that were your food. It would be difficult, wouldn’t it? We’d find a dozen reasons alone why we shouldn’t eat the meat. So, either Elijah was extremely grateful for any food to eat or he didn’t think about where his food came from, because ultimately he knew it came from God.
I think all of us in the West take our basic necessities for granted. It’s only when we must endure a day or two without food and water during a hurricane or major power outage that we realize just how blessed we really are.