Have you ever read Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven?”
“Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;” —
“Then the bird said “Nevermore.”
These words of poetry meant nothing to me as student years ago. But then I had no idea of God or His use for the creature. Today I have a very different vantage point of God’s provision. Through the intersection of Poe’s poetic thoughts I can see more clearly God’s use of the raven’s faith.
I now know, by faith, God personally and the Bible more fully. I have experienced God’s provision like Elijah. This is an exhilarating ride that at times is excruciating, too. I can only imagine Elijah’s level of obedience to God’s instructions.
“Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 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 NIV)
God used obedient ravens. Did the raven have faith? I venture to say, Yes! Not exactly like we humans have faith though. Our intellectual capacity to accept or deny God may also allow us to completely miss His assignments and provision.
“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” (Luke 12:24 NIV)
Does the Raven not experience God’s provision as well?
“He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call. (Psalm 147:9 NIV)
Mind you the ravens do not sit around and expect God to bring them food. Eventhough, an occasional bug happens to fly by at just the right time. The ravens by faith, are always out there searching for what He has provided.
Sometimes I feel like the raven always searching for God’s provision. Other times I am more like Elijah, obediently going to the places God gives me not knowing when ,but trusting nonetheless, the ravens will show up with the my daily rations. Either role is one of trust ultimately in God’s faithfulness to provide.
This has been a faith-building year. I do not doubt God’s assignment nor His provision. The ravens are however, on God’s time table not mine. I wait for the ravens of provision to show up. I pray for ravens with faith-filled obedience to do the Lord’s work, too.
My character is growing by perseverance and ruthless trust in God. God is good all the time. Poe said, “Nevermore” but, I have experienced His goodness is “Evermore!”
What about you? How is God growing your faith?