There invariably will come a time in our spiritual journey when the LORD will solicit our cooperation as He desires to lead us in a new direction. He is saying, “the way you have been going is no longer part of my plan. I want to take you in a new direction.” To get our attention and point us in the way He desires, there are strategies the Lord employs that are very effective.
Here are three ways He works to move us out on a new course of action:
1. Disruption of Our Plans
2. Dissipation of Resources
3. Dissolution of Relationships
In our last email, we saw that the Lord sometimes disrupts our plans in order to redirect us. If you missed that teaching, click here to read it.
DISSIPATION OF RESOURCES
When God wants us to move in a new direction, He sometimes permits us to experience a dissipation or drying up of resources.
Elijah had been powerfully used by the Lord to declare prophetically the purpose of God in dealing with Israel. “And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, ‘As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word’” (1 Kings 17:1) And just as the prophet had foretold, the word of the Lord came to pass. “…and there was a severe famine in Samaria…”(1 Kings 18:2). During the famine, God looked after Elijah. He gave him specific instruction how He would make provision for him. “Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.’ So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook” (1 Kings 17:2-6).
Cherith which means “place of covenant,” was where the Lord demonstrated His faithfulness in taking care of His servant supernaturally. However, the day would come when the brook would run dry and the birds would no longer fly! (See 1 Kings 17:7). Although Elijah had come to depend on such provision, God seemed to have no compunction at all cutting off these resources.
Have you experienced something similar? Your streams of resource have dried up. You struggle to make ends meet and you do not know how much longer and you can keep your head above water. Perhaps it is the Lord drying things up so you can let go and move in a new direction. Do not resent your circumstances in such times or become bitter with people as though they were rejecting you. The Lord is turning the hearts of men in the direction He desires (See Prov. 21:1). This is a blessing in disguise as He is in fact making it easier for you to let go and move forward into your next assignment!
During such a time, trust that the Lord will speak to you. The place where He leads you will be the place where He feeds you. “Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you’” (1 Kings 17:8-9).