“You are to drink from the brook. I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there.” — 1 Kgs 17:4
God is never at a loss for a way of providing for His children. The brooks of water, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, the winds of heaven, the waves of the sea–all creatures belong to Him, and are under His direct control. He has no trouble, therefore, in getting food to His children, wherever they may be.
Perhaps none of us ever had ravens carry our daily bread to us–but God sends it to us in other ways; and it is just as really HE who sends it, whether railroad trains carry it across a continent, or ships bring it half around the globe, or birds convey it to our windows, or it comes through hands of loving friends.
Many of us know too much for our good, these ‘modern days’. We are so wise about “laws of nature” that we can account for everything on scientific grounds, and have no need for God’s assistance anywhere! Consequently we forget, some of us, that God has anything to do with this world. What poor fools we are! What are the laws of nature–but God’s established and common ways of doing things? If I sow wheat-seeds on a little patch of soil, and in a few months reap a harvest, and then, taking the wheat to the mill, get fine flour and have good bread on my table. Had God nothing to do with sending it to me? Did not he provide it as really, as when he sent the ravens to Elijah day by day, with food for him?