In the United States there is a program called Meals on Wheels that delivers meals to people who are unable to prepare their own meals. Individuals that are housebound, often the elderly, receive meals delivered to them by volunteers, who many times also are elderly.
GOD RECRUITED RAVENS
Thousands of years ago there was a meal delivery service, not on “wheels” but airborne. God recruited ravens to deliver meat and bread to his servant Elijah, morning and evening.
There was famine in the land; no rain for three years. The Raven Meal Delivery Service was not the only way God provided for the prophet. When the brook where he had been staying, and where he was receiving this daily delivery, dried up God sent him to Zarepath. There God took a totally different approach to the food delivery.
GOD PROVIDED THROUGH A WIDOW
At the town gate, Elijah met a widow who was gathering sticks to make a last meal for herself and her son. He asked her for some water to drink and a piece of bread. She didn’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug.
“Don’t be afraid,” said Elijah to her. “Go home and make a small cake of bread for me, and then make something for yourself and your son. The God of Israel says that the jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day he gives rain on the land.”
I wonder what I would have done faced with such a request and such a promise. This widow had faith! She went and did as Elijah had told her. And from that day on there was food every day for Elijah and for the widow and her family.
Those where not the only “food miracles” in Elijah’s life. Later, after having the great show down with the Baal prophets, he had the most spectacular food delivery. This time Elijah was afraid, because Queen Jezebel had sent a messenger to him saying that she was going to have him killed.
Elijah ran for his life. He journeyed into the desert, came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. Even a great prophet, that has raven deliver meals to him, can get depressed and discouraged. He lay down under the tree and fell asleep.
THE REAL ANGEL CAKE
That’s when he got angel cake. Not the kind of angel food cake you can buy in the supermarket. No! This was real angel cake.
The angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” Elijah looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water.
The prophet ate and drank and then lay down again to sleep.
The angel of God came back a second time and told him to get up and eat, because the journey was going to be too much for him.
FORTY DAYS STRENGTH FROM THE ANGEL CAKE
So Elijah got up and ate angel cake for the second time. Listen to this! “Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.” There he went into a cave and spent the night.
Imagine! A cake that sustains you for forty days! If God did it then, he can do it again!
What happened next is another story. The miracles continued. And I will continue this week with stories of supernatural miracles. Read about these in 1 Kings 17:1-16; 19:1-9.
Two times when I was a child we had “angel delivery” of food. When the pantry was empty God sent his messengers with provision.
GOD HAD THE SHOPPING LIST
Some time ago I wrote in a blog about a family in great need. The mother made up her shopping list but there was no money to go to the grocery store. I don’t recall exactly how the provisions came, but someone showed up with a grocery bag containing exactly what she had written on her list.
God knows! He supplies supernaturally, sometimes through angels, other times through ravens, and many times through widows. I know! Because widows have been a great part in supplying for us when we were missionaries!
I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES
I believe in miracles. My life is a testimony of miracles. In two weeks I will be on my way to visit my father. I’m expecting a miracle journey.
Tomorrow we’ll talk some more about supernatural provision of food.
Right now I have very sad news to process. Very, very sad. It pertains to somebody in my extended family. If you will say a prayer, God knows where to place it. Thanks!
Tomorrow is another day to see God’s miracle hand at work. Don’t give up! You can have the supernatural provision of God in your life, too! Follow him closely and faithfully.
I’d love to hear your stories of miracles!