“I thought of everything.” — Father
One of my favorite biblical illustrations of this concept is the account of Elijah in 1 Kings 17. The entire chapter details the desperate circumstances Elijah and the people of Israel faced during a three year drought and famine.
What are the desperate circumstances you have faced or are currently facing?
Father told Elijah to reside by brook that provided him with water and ordered ravens to bring him bread and meat. Father thought of everything.
And then the brook dried up.
At this point, Elijah may have wondered as we do when we find ourselves in similar circumstances,
Father have you forgotten about me? Don’t you know I need ___________? (fill in the blank with your need)
Father replies, “I’ve thought of everything my beloved child.”
And to Elijah, Father instructed that he go to Zarephath where a widow would provide him with food. This widow wasn’t an Israelite who knew God, but rather a foreigner who knew about God and the Israelites.
The widow answers Elijah’s request for a piece of bread with a description of her family’s final meal:
“As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” — 1 Kgs 17:12
Once again, Father has thought of everything and miraculously causes the widow’s jar of flour to not empty nor her jar of oil run dry (1 Kgs 17:16).
I wonder how many of us would’ve missed out on the experience of that provision, because originally the widow had nothing. Elijah obeyed by faith and as a result experienced Father’s amazing provision.
Elijah believed that Father always thought of everything.
Do you believe that too?
Then the biggest blow comes; the widow’s son gets sick and dies.
This isn’t just a brook drying up; this is all the family the widow has left. And her son dies while she was providing food and shelter for Elijah.
Even Elijah seems at a bit of a loss, as he cries out, “O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” — 1 Kgs 17:20
Even in our most gut-wrenching, heart-tearing tragedies, Father has still thought of everything.
Father raises the widow’s son back to life.
The widow’s response is priceless:
“Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.” — 1 Kgs 17:24
In this experience, the widow goes from knowing about God to knowing God.
Isn’t that what Father’s goal often is with us?
He’s thought of everything — always.
And yet, He still allows the brooks of our lives to dry up, the flour and oil to run dry, and those dearest to our hearts to be taken away.
- He is a waster of nothing. He will work it for our good (Rm 8:28-29).
- He will always provide for He has always thought of everything.
- His greatest goal in it all is to conform us to the likeness of His Son, Jesus. (Rm 8:29)
When we look back on our lives, we will say, “Father you thought of everything in perfect faithfulness.” (Is. 25:1, 9)
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