August 21, 2018 – Isaiah 30:18

So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so He can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. Isaiah 30:18.

One example of a prophet of God who waited and called for God’s help is Elijah.   I Kings, Chapter 17 tells how God directed Elijah’s path and fed him through an unlikely means. 

Elijah told King Ahab that for the next several years there would be no rain. Then how could they eat without rain?  No rain would bring famine to the land.  King Ahab would be angry and want to strike out against God’s Messenger. 

Then the Lord said to Elijah,  “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.”  So Elijah did as the Lord told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. I Kings 17:2-6.

Elijah did so. When the brook dried up and the Lord sent him to a widow with limited means.  As a result of her generosity, her measure of flour and olive oil was continually refilled.  The raven bringing Elijah food is considered a selfish bird.  Yet, God’s command to the raven to bring food to Elijah.  God provided the widow with flour and olive oil.

God is gracious when we come to Him and responds to our cries for help.  He waits for us to come to Him now with praise, love, and a thankful heart!

O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Isaiah 30:19