Hiding in the Kerith Ravine

“Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan.””

1 Kings 17:3

We should not be surprised if God occasionally says to us, “Dear child, you have had enough of this hurried pace, excitement, and publicity. Now I want you to go and hide – hide in the ‘Kerith Ravine’ of sickness…the ‘Kerith Ravine’ of sorrow, or some place of total solitude, from which the crowds have turned away.”

And we s find joy when we are able to reply to the Lord, “Your will is also mine…therefore I run to hide myself in You…I will dwell in your tent and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.'” (Psalm 61:4)

Every one of us that desires to wield great influence over others must first win power over ourselves…and we can only find that power in some hidden ‘Kerith Ravine.’

Our Lord Himself lived through His ‘Kerith Ravine’ in Nazareth, in the wilderness of Judea, amid the olive trees of Bethany, and in the solitude of the city of Gadara.

So none of us is exempt from a ‘ravine’ experience, where the sounds of human voices are exchanged for the waters of quietness, and where we taste the sweetness and soak up the power of a life “hidden with Christ (Colossians 3:3).

Bottom line…acquiring spiritual power is virtually impossible unless we hide from others in some deep ravine where we can absorb the power of the eternal God.  It is my prayer that our lives will be like the vegetation centuries ago that in solitude and silence absorbed the power of the heavenly sun…became oil…and now wields that power and gives the energy back.  Amen.

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