TOPIC:"When Life's Brooks Dry Up"
"And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had
been no rain in the land" (17:7)
Elijah, the prophet whose life was lived in the presence of God, stood before Ahab the King of Israel to predict a three-year drought because of the King's sins and the sins of the people. When the famine came Elijah withdrew himself to the brook Cherith, a small tributary of the Jordan River. Here in this lonely place Elijah was sustained and nourished by the divine care of God. The ravens brought him food and the running brook furnished him with water. While the land throughout Israel was parched and desolate from the raging famine, Elijah dwelt by the brook in comfort as God provided for him.
But then came the day when the stream of water stopped running. Elijah stooped to drink but there was no water. The brook had dried up and he began to feel the effects of the hot blistering sun. Elijah's resources from all outward appearance seemed exhausted. There was not sound of running water, no whisper of the wind, no singing of the birds, and no fragrance of the flowers. Not a hint of green nor the movement of hardly any living thing.
Now life can often be like that. A time of drought. A time of emptiness. A time of defeat. A time when it seems that life has died, hope has died, faith has died, dreams have died, and you no longer want to go on. It's not worth it. Elijah's life and experience in this verse is something we may all understand. It is where life hits all of us at one time or another.
Consider, to begin with, from this experience of Elijah, we behold the DIFFERENT STAGES in life in which the brooks can dry up. Let me read again the words of our text: "the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land" (v. 7).
For a while life was worth living and singing about. We . . .