Cherith – The Place of Separation


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                Cherith – The Place of Separation

Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward,
and hide thyself by the brook Cherith”
1 Kings 17:3

The true path of the Lord will always culminate in the setting apart of a vessel unto Himself. “Cherith” literally means separation, derived from a Hebrew root meaning to “cut off”. This life of separation is not the result of works of the flesh or caused by carnal means; it is always entered into by the simple obedience of an individual unto the Word of the Lord. As such, this place of separation will always be filled with special provisions of God to sustain one in the center of His Will.

And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook;
and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there”
1 Kings 17:4

In these times of loneliness and separation, God Himself comes in new and profound ways. There is a drawing near, a learning and a dependency upon Him and His provisions; a time of being hid in the wonder of God Himself. This place of separation brings one to new areas of freedom from other comforts and even our reliance on friendships, for in the presence of God there is room for none other than God Himself.

And it came to pass after a while,
that the brook dried up…”
1 Kings 17:7

God intends these separations to be temporary in the life of His own, not permanent dwelling places, for God’s desire, is that the vessel be poured into the lives of others. The special provision of God dries up and the Word of the Lord comes to move us on in a new power and a closer relationship with Him.

The vessel is prepared for more significant works by cutting off former things. On this occasion, there was a widow in need of the touch of the Lord who would also be a new source of His sustaining grace.

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,
Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon,
and dwell there: behold, I have commanded
a widow woman there to sustain thee”
1 Kings 17:8-9

This same work of God was evident in Paul the Apostle who was set aside for three years in the wilderness of Damascus in order to become a chosen vessel for the purposes of God (Galatians 1:15-18).

To what end was the separation of Paul?

To reveal His Son in me…”
Galatians 1:16

Please see other related articles:
Ziklag – The Great Press of God
Kidron – The Place of Betrayal

Brian Troxel


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