Fresh Hope – 20th April 2020

As we come into week five of lockdown, and with the uncertainty looming as to what the future may look like, I encourage you today to stop looking in the same places for your supply.

Globally, we are all faced with the very same challenge, whilst at the same time we are all faced with very different challenges too. Each person, each household, each nation and each day can look very different to that of my neighbours. 

In the Old Testament (1 Kings 17) we have the story recorded of Elijah who was announcing to the nation that there would be a drought. A drought that no one knew when it would end. A drought that meant that the normal way of living would be very different in the weeks to come. It was a time of uncertainty for all. No one was exempt. It would take years to get back to normal.

For Elijah, as a believer in God, and an outstanding man of faith, he had to be determined to be flexible in his faith. In other words, he couldn’t just presume upon God to perform the same miracles of provision for him day after day. Each day and each season of his new normal would require him to be flexible. Not flexible in terms of wavering in his faith, but flexible in terms of understanding that God can provide in very different ways through very different means on any given day. 

How many of you are right now are worried because you only ever see your supply and your security coming from your employer, or from your same old customers, if you are in business?
When the famine kicked in, Elijah was led by God to go and drink from a brook. At that very same spot God would also deliver to him ‘meals on wings’ every night as ravens would drop by with fresh meat supplies! 

He may well have thought that this was the way it was going to be for the duration of the drought —not so. A short time later he was commanded to move on to an unfamiliar place from where he would get supplies from a poor widow – hardly encouraging when she had very little herself.

Are you doubting today that God can not only send you supply, but that He can also send you to where the supply is? Be careful that during this time that you are so rigid that you can’t see God doing anything different from what you’ve seen Him do before. Inflexibility in faith can break you. 

There is no normal with God. Everyday is a new normal. Don’t keep expecting God to turn up as He did last week or last year. He wants to open your eyes to see what He wants to do in and through today even though you’ve never seen it done this way before. 

The result of Elijah obeying God’s call to go to the widow for supplies, not only resulted in his provision, but in the never-ending provision for the widow and her son too. The little that she had never ran dry during the whole of the famine. 
Don’t keep trying to box God in today. He will break out and do something new today if you will simply listen to His voice and heed what He is telling you to do, after all, God specialises in things that are impossible. 
Trust Him today…He’ll not let you down. 

1 Kings 17:14-16 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.”’ She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. 

Pastor Mark

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