Spiritual food for your soul.
Looking back at my walk with The Lord, I discovered that I have an instinct for spiritual survival. I have a God given instinct to search for and locate where The Lord wants me to be at every point in time. It is this instinct that leads you to a river of spiritual food to nourish your soul. It is this instinct that pulls you into the right circle of believers who seek The Lord out of a pure heart. It is this instinct that leads you into green pastures.
As Elijah was led to the Brook of Cherith in 1Kings 17, so this spiritual instinct leads us to a place or to a person who will nourish our soul with spiritual food in the time of famine. Elijah stayed in that place as long as the brook flowed and produced water. But it came to a time that the brook dried up. When this happened, the Word of The Lord came to him and told him to go elsewhere. Elijah obeyed and moved to the home of the widow of Zarephath and that was where he was nourished until the famine ended.
I have always sensed and moved away from every dry spiritual well in my life. It is one thing to recognise a flowing river, however it is another thing to know when that stream is corrupted or has dried up. A stream of spiritual water in a church or ministry can be corrupted by mixing it with psychology, self-driven motivational messages, covetousness and idolatory. It can be corrupted when the pastor is exalted like a demi-god and worshipped more than the Lord Jesus Christ. It can be corrupted when mammon, success and respect of men take the place of The Lord Jesus. When this happens, your soul will begin to starve slowly because it will reject the corrupt water. Many people think that because they were drawn or led to a ministry, that is where they will die and be buried. They think that ‘If this ministry has fed me spiritually, it always will.’ They think , ‘Because God spoke to my heart to be part of this ministry He cannot tell me to leave it.’ But nothing could be further from the truth. Such believers pay dearly for their ignorance.
Sometimes streams dry up.
If you don’t understand and accept this simple spiritual truth, you will remain in a place whose stream has dried up for you. If you remain in a place whose spiritual stream has dried up, you will begin to suffer spiritual starvation of the soul and it will reflect in other areas of your life. The God who led Elijah to the brook of Cherith was also the one who told him to leave when his life was threatened by starvation. There are times when The Lord will ask you to leave a place, leave a person or a people. When He does, obey.
The woes I have experienced in my Christian walk have mostly been the times when I refused to follow that instinct in my soul and move in the direction it was moving me to. Each time I failed to obey that spiritual instinct in my soul, I paid very dearly for it. My failures in life are just the fruits of my disobedience and refusal to hearken to and follow the deep spiritual instinct in my soul. Each time I obeyed the Holy Spirit and moved away from a dry spiritual well, my life took on a different meaning and things fell into place for me. I have left many people behind who didn’t understand that the stream had dried up. It was not in my place to tell them that the stream was corrupted or had dried up. My duty was to obey what The Lord instructed me to do.
The Lord wants to nourish our soul with spiritual food. He wants to plant you by a flowing stream so that you can be spiritually nourished. But if the stream you drink from has been corrupted or has dried up, then it is time for you to move on. The good thing is that The Lord has prepared a place and a person who will nourish your soul with spiritual food. If you will listen and obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit in your soul, The Lord will lead you to a pure stream of flowing water where your soul will be nurtured and fed with real spiritual food.