Part 2 of 4 (see waiting if you need to)
(We last left Elijah waiting by the brook, obeying what God told him to do, being fed meat and bread by ravens and drinking from the brook)
1 Kings 17:7 Some time later, the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.
Some time later. It does not define how much time like other parts of the Bible will say a time period, for instance, two months, six months, three years, whatever.
This specifically says
SOME TIME LATER
We have no idea how long Elijah was at the brook waiting, but remember during that time his needs were met. He was fed daily meat and bread sent by God and he drank from the brook.
During that time, however long it was, Elijah stayed put as God told him to do, and waited and trusted. Makes you wonder how Elijah was feeling, watching the brook dry up, seeing less water daily, wondering what God was going to do next, but he obeyed God and stayed there.
1 Kings 17:8-9 Then the word of the Lord came to him. "Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food".
Then - when? After the brook had dried up.
When? In God's timing, will, way.
Then is when the word of the Lord came to Elijah. (Makes you wonder if during this time of waiting God was quiet as he is sometimes during our waiting times).
BUT his command is immediate
"Go at once"
not "go tomorrow, go next week"
"Go at once".
He tells him where, he tells him what will happen, how his needs will be met.
Elijah had a choice. To act on it or stay put, but he knew God was faithful, God keeps his word, so he went.
Lord, help me to be sensitive to listening to your voice and to act as you have commanded me. Help me, Lord, to remember it is your time, your way, your will I want for my life.
(part three soon; again weaving the story; it will all come together part four)