Psa. 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Last Saturday was our annual free food festival, Feed the Multitudes. What an awesome day of music, eating, ministry, and more eating. This is truly an enjoyable labor of love. I saw a different picture of the aftermath of FTM this year. We have a parsonage on the property and Parris and I were looking from our back porch Saturday night at an army of ravens feasting on the morsels of food that was scattered all across the property. I had to laugh as I saw God providing for His creatures yet again, this time through Feed the Multitudes. As I watched the feeding frenzy it struck me. This selfish birds were the very ones God used to feed Elijah during the drought that ravaged Israel. Just think about it, the ravens brought bread and meat twice a day to feed God’s prophet. As I thought about this funny story it hit me, God can use anybody or anything to take care of His people. He takes care of the birds, he took care of Elijah, and He will certainly take care of you. Here are some thoughts from Luther about God’s concern for us.
“Such a God have we, such a God do we worship, to such a God do we pray, at whose command all created things sprang into being. Why then should we fear if this God favors us? Why should we tremble at the anger of the whole world? If He is our dwelling place, shall we not be safe though the heavens should go to wrack? For we have a Lord greater than all the world. We have a Lord so mighty that at his word all things sprang into being.”
As I thought about Elijah’s ravens and the FTM ravens I began to hear a powerful encouraging word from the Lord. It wasn’t the ravens feeding Elijah and it wasn’t the FTM leftovers feeding the ravens. It was all God. He is providing for all of us and all of His creatures everyday. The tools He chooses to use change from season to season in our lives but He remains the same. Elijah’s ravens stopped coming when the stream dried up but the Lord used another unusual tool to feed Elijah. This time he commanded a starving widow to feed the prophet. It may be ravens, someone’s leftovers, or a widow; it makes no difference. From everlasting to everlasting He is God.