Sermon - When Your Creek Runs Dry
What Do You Do When The Creek Runs Dry?
1 Kings 17: 5,7
Elijah never had a class on preaching in seminary.
When he delivered the message to Ahab that God gave him, he didn't have three points and a poem.
His message was direct and to the point.
" Ahab, as the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be any dew or rain A drought is coming.
Cisterns are going to be empty.
Crops will whither.
There will be no water to irrigate your fields.
There will be no grapes on your vines.
The mouths of your people will be parched.
This drought is being sent by God.
these years according to my word."
This is the message: "There will be no water for three years."
What a message!
What a preacher!
Elijah was called "the chief of the prophets." "Elijah, Ahab is going to give you some problems.
You hit his sore spot.
He is not very happy with you.
Ahab called him the "the troubler of Israel."
Elijah's appearance came to Ahab with the suddenness of lightning, and his prophetic utterances
boomed with the frightening precision of tumultuous thunder.
After this warning Elijah gave to Ahab, God spoke to Elijah:
Kings don't appreciate someone talking to them like you did.
People suffering because of the drought will be so upset with you that your life will be in danger.
So, you had better go down to the brook at Cherith.
I'll look after you there.
I'll send ravens to bring you bread and meat in both morning and evening.
You can drink of the waters of the creek at Cherith. "
Now it couldn't get any better than that!
Great room service and a time of rest at this great resort God had set aside for Elijah.
That was wonderful!
Life was good!
But one day Elijah noticed something disturbing.
He discovered that the water in the creek was diminishing.
It had been a deep flowing stream.
Now, it had slowed to a trickle.
Then, one morning he went to the water, but all the water was gone!
That brings us to the question of this message: " What do you do when the creek runs dry?"
I know that the Bible calls Elijah's stream a "brook," but where I came from,Ahab and Jezebel had set up the most godless government the nation had ever known.
Ahab had built a temple for Baal, and Jezebel had recruited an army of false prophets.
it was called a "creek."
I also knew people who called it a "crick."
But, whatever you call it, we understand why there was no water in the land.
The nation was spiritually dry so God made them physically dry.
Whenever God is not in the life of a government, that nation is spiritually dry.
Whenever godless people pursue godless paths and seek to pervert the plans and purposes of God,
that nation is spiritually dry.
We understand the reason for the drought, but why would Elijah experience the drought?
Elijah had said what God had told him to say.
He was where God had told him to be.
Don't you think it strange that he who proclaimed the drought would become a victim of the drought?
Since God had sent Elijah to the creek, why does Elijah's creek run dry?
You can ask that question another way.
Why does the creek run dry for those who are on the Lord's side?What do you do when your resources are gone?
What do you do when your creek runs dry?
The creek was God's idea in the first place, so why does the creek run dry?
There are those here who have seen their creek run dry.
It is important for us to remember that the brook for Elijah was a hiding place.
- Whenever you lose that which gives meaning and importance to your life; your creek has run dry!
- Whenever that on which you were relying no longer satisfies; your creek has run dry!
- Whenever that which previously put a smile on your face and joy in your soul,
no longer does the trick; your creek has run dry!
- Whenever that in which you have invested your life no longer gives you the return you expected;
your creek has run dry.
- Whenever your bank account no longer provides the interest you expected; your creek has run dry!
- Whenever all your assets turn into liabilities; your creek has run dry!
- Whenever you come to church Sunday after Sunday and sing the songs but have
no song in your soul; your creek has run dry!
- When your prayers have become repetitous and you come away empty; your creek has run dry!
- When you can go for days and never look at the Word of God; your creek has run dry!
- When you can go for weeks and never pray or witness to an unsaved soul; your creek has run dry!
When we do God's will, God will provide for us a hiding place.
God's Word tells us:
Elijah was given his creek because he needed a hiding place where he would be safe
- Moses fled to Midian from the wrath of the Egyptians and hid there for 40 years.
- David had a hiding place at Engedi from the murderous intent of Saul.
- John, the beloved, escaped martyrndom by being exiled to the Isle of Patmos.
- Martin Luther took refuge in the castle of Wartburg to hide from his enemies.
- Tyndale, who translated the first Bible into English, found hiding places in Marburg,
Antwerp, Worms, and Cologne.
from the armies of Ahab and the hordes of Jezebel.
When God gives you a hiding place, you can be sure it will be safe and peaceful.
If you don't believe that, ask David.
David answers: "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide
under the shadow of the Almighty...He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings
shalt thou trust."
The creek that God provides is a hiding place.
But, I still want to know, what do you do when your creek runs dry?
When your creek runs dry, it will force you to acknowledge Who provided the creek in the first place.
Don't you imagine that Elijah had become rather comfortable with the room service
that God was providing for him each day.
He probably thought to himself, " This is really living. This is the life."
He enjoyed that flowing creek so much that he expected that it would always be there.
It is so dangerous to take the blessings of God's creek for granted.
Just because you have a deep, babbling brook of self-contentment today
doesn't mean that your brook will be flowing tomorrow.
Whatever the creek is in your life, you had better acknowledge that it is there,
- God doesn't have to send the sun every day, but He does.
- God doesn't have to send us fresh air to breathe every day, but He does.
- God doesn't have to keep our hearts beating every day, but He does.
- God doesn't have to give fertility to the soil for seed in the springtime in order to yield
its fruitful harvest in the fall, but He does.
- God doesn't have to send the water of friends, family, health, and wholeness into our lives, but He does.
but not because you worked for it.
It is not there because you earned it.
It is not there because you deserved it.
Whatever you have, you have because a gracious God gave it to you.
The lesson is: you don't miss that water until the creek runs dry!
Whatever the creek is in your life, you had better thank God for it.
The Lord giveth and the Lord can take away.
We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we will take nothing out of it.
Thank God for your creek!
He who made the creek can dry it up.
Now, after you acknowledge Who made your creek, what do you do when your creek runs dry?
I would recommend to you that when your creek runs dry, don't panic!
The message that God wants us to have is that when your creek runs dry, don't panic.
- Many, who have seen their creek run dry, panic in the process.
- The economy takes a downturn and their financial future looks bleak, so they panic.
- Some may have lost their job, and they panic.
- Some have suffered devastating personal problems, and they panic.
- You can't drown your troubles in a bottle.
- Pills cannot pick up the pieces.
- You can't chase away your sorrows by singing the blues.
- If Joshua had panicked, the walls of Jericho would never have fallen.
- If Caleb had panicked, he would never have said, "Let's go up at once and possess it."
- If David had panicked, he would never have fought Goliath, and defeated the Philistines.
- If Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had panicked, they would never have survived the fiery furnace.
- If Paul and Silas had panicked, they would never have had a prayer meeting in a Philippian jail at midnight.
- If Jesus had panicked, He would never have said, " Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit."
- If Jesus had panicked, you and I would still be lost and without hope.
Sometimes our creek runs dry to remind us that God is still in charge of the water.Ask Moses! "Did God cause the water of the sea to stand up on both sides?"
Ask Isaiah! "Did water break out in the wilderness and did God give you streams in the desert?"
Ask those newlyweds at their wedding in Cana! "Did Jesus turn your water into wine?"
Ask David where to find fresh water! He will tell you,
If you don't believe He is in charge of the water:
" There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God."
Ask David again! He'll tell you that the Great Shepherd will still lead you beside the still waters.
God lets our creek run dry to remind us that He is still in charge of the water!
The message is not over yet!
The question still has to be answered:
What do you do when your creek runs dry?
When Elijah's creek ran dry, God was still going to provide for him.She doesn't have very much.
She has used up her food stamps.
She doesn't have a husband.
She has a little boy to look after.
"Elijah, pack your bags! It's moving time!
Go to the village of Zarephath.
You will find a widow there.
You'll find her gathering sticks for firewood.
All she has is a handful of meal and a little jug of oil.
Elijah, leave your creek, and go; I have a blessing waiting for you over there.
Leave your misery here; I have a miracle for you over there!
God is letting your creek run dry so you will have a testimony of His goodness.
If you never have a creek that runs dry, then you will never realize what God has been doing for you all along.
I want you to tell others what the Lord has done for you.
When your creek runs dry, sing:
"I've had many tears and sorrows;
I've had questions for tomorrow;
There have been times I didn't know right from wrong;
But in every situation God gave blessed consolation
That my trials come to only make me strong.
I thank God for the mountains,
I thank Him for the valleys;
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through;
For if I'd never had a problem,
I wouldn't know that He could solve them,
I'd never know what faith in God could do.
Through it all, through it all
Oh, I've learned to trust in Jesus,
I've learned to trust in God.
Through it all. Through it all.
Oh, I've learned to depend upon His Word."
That Is What We Must Do When The Creek Runs Dry!
This sermon was by Dr. Harold L. White