It’s Sunday afternoon and the playoff games are on. Currently the Ravens and Patriots are battling it out. Honestly, I don’t give a lick about either team. I have my favorites (GO PACK GO!, Tebow time, anyone?, and what Christian doesn’t get excited when we hear the Saints are marchin in!). But they were all knocked out last week (sad face). Now, since I always tell my kids at church that you can find God in anything, I decided to ask Him what He might show me about Himself through this game that I care so little about, and of course, He has.
First off, Let’s take a look:
Dictionary.com which tells me that a patriot is:
1. a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
Then, let’s take a look at:
I Kings 17:1-6Tthe Real Story of the Patriots and the Ravens.
We don’t see Ravens and Patriots battling, we see them both being used to save a person (Elijah) and a people (the Isreaelites). God sends The Patriot, Elijah the Prophet, as His spokesman to His people, and deliverer of His judments. So not an easy job!! As God’s messenger of judgment, Elijah must endure them as well– and this lastest judment means no rain, not even any dew for the next few years. Of course, drought for Israel, means drought for Elijah the Patriot/Prophet as well. And no rain, means no water, no water means no crops, no crops, means no animals, no animals means no food, no food means no worries for the ULTIMATE PATRIOT–THE GOD WHO LOVES, THE GOD WHO SUPPORTS, THE GOD WHO DEFENDS HIS COUNTRY WITH DEVOTION.
Enter the Ravens. God lets Elijah know that although times are tough, He is keeping His promises to take care of His faithful. (I LOVE THESE KIND OF PROMISES!!) God gives Elijah specific instructions to turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, just east of the Jordan. There is a brook there to drink from and, get this, “I have ordered the RAVENS to feed you there.” How awesome is that!!! What a blessed assurance that the God we serve controls all things, even Ravens.
And Elijah did what faithful people do, “He did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and he stayed there. And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.” What I think was probably the original Happy Meal!! I mean, just think how pumped Elijah must have been every morning to see those birds flyin’ in with his extra value meal.
But more than just meat and bread, every morning and again every night, Elijah had this great evidence that in the midst of trying times, rebellious people, false prophets, false gods, lonliness, evil Kings and Jezebels, that God loved him, supported him, and was defending him and the people of Israel with devotion. Elijah knew that the God who ordered the Ravens to bring him the food necessary to save His life, was also at work to save the lives of the Israelite nation.
I guess what God is showing me, through ravens and patriots, is that every morning and every night as I sit down to eat, I can remember that the same Patriot God loves us, supports us and defends us with devotion. So it is my desire to live like Elijah, loving God back in the same way–following faithfully, with trust and obedience, wherever He may tell me to go.