How striking the instruments employed, as well as the storehouse from whence the Lord furnishes the table of His poor, tried and afflicted people! I would here relate an instance of the Lord supplying one of His persecuted family, while confined in prison under the iron hand of persecution. A poor woman, soon after the Bartholomew Act took place, which put into the hands of persecutors great power, came into the hands of a magistrate, who longed for an opportunity to persecute this poor speckled bird. When she was brought before him, he asked where her faith was now, and whether God would now feed her. She, without hesitation, said. God would feed her, and could do so from his table if he chose. God did so; for the magistrate’s wife, being present, took pity on the poor helpless woman and furnished her with food from the magistrate’s table all the time she was in prison, though he knew it not. The Lord could have fed the prophet Elijah without ravens if He had pleased; but the tried and exercised people of God would have lost many a meal for their precious souls had this miracle of the ravens been withheld. God’s sovereign choice takes in, at one glance, the end from the beginning. We are not informed where the ravens procured their supply; yet perhaps this is to teach us to look wholly and solely to Him for our supplies, nor to doubt but that they will arrive, though we cannot see the channel by which they come to us. The brook could not be dried up before the period arrived, nor before the supply of food by the means of the ravens was exhausted. How often have God’s family found some little brook, or very insignificant channel, affording them a short and temporary supply, till something more prominent has appeared to them. In looking back upon the way the Lord hath led us, we are constrained to say, “God has moved in a mysterious way.” O for more faith to be enabled to trust in Him whose name is still Jehovah-Jireh,Â—The Lord will provide.