Ravens & Elijah

Corvus corax/Common Raven“Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.” (1 Kings 17:3-4 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible)

I’ve been reading in the Bible about Elijah and the ravens feeding him, so I thought I’d do a quick study on them. It makes this story come alive for me.

My researched showed that the raven is the largest bird of the crow family. They are birds of prey and feed on fruits, seeds, nuts, fish, carrion, small animals, food remains and garbage. Ravens are known to steal food from other birds and mammals – even dogs. They are considered the most intelligent birds. Often they act in pairs; one captures the dog’s attention, while the other steals its food. Ravens avoid living near people.

What a miracle this was! These ravens who avoid living near people shared their food with Elijah! Ravens, like most animals, are not known to share. Yet, God ordered them to feed His prophet twice a day. Amazing!

It was necessary, after such a declaration of no rain to a wicked and idolatrous king, Ahab, that Elijah hide himself. God was totally in charge of the whole thing. He had a special providence all set up for His prophet.

Maybe you can’t see the big picture and things look bad on the horizon for you. Just follow God’s directions and He will take care of the details.

Prayer: Lord, if You provided for Elijah in this manner, You will provide for Your people. Nothing is too hard for our God!

Devotion by Kaye Singleton


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