I Kings 17:8-16
“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. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.”
There were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, but unto none of them was he sent except into Zarephath where this simple widowed woman lived with her son.
They did not have much. In fact, they had so little that because of the drought that was upon the land, they were down to their last meal. This woman went to gather sticks knowing that she and her son were about to starve to death after they ate their little cake. Yet, as she was gathering the sticks, she heard a man speak to her, asking her to fetch him a little water since he was thirsty. She had never met the man, but she kindly went to grant him his request. As she went, he spoke again asking for a morsel of bread in addition to the water. She then explained her situation.
Elijah was a man of such faith that he predicted the three-year drought in the land of Israel. This was the man that would pray fire and rain down from heaven.
Although he heard the woman’s plea due to her situation, he knew that this was the woman that God said He would use to sustain him. He asked for a cake first, and despite knowing the amount of her supply, the woman gave him a cake first. God honored her sacrifice. Throughout the rest of the drought, the woman’s barrel of meal and cruse of oil never failed. She, her son, and Elijah were sustained because she did what the Lord asked of her. She did what she could.
What could God do through us if we would only do the simple things He asks us to do?
This widow was not only sustained by the Lord in her meals, but also after her son fell sick and there was no breath left in him she witnessed a miracle. God used Elijah to heal and revive the child and restored her son unto the woman.
When we obey the Lord, we too can see Him work miracles in our lives. Whatever your need today, He can supply it.
Whatever your hurt, He can heal it.
Whatever your storm, He can speak peace in the midst of it.
He can sustain us today to press on through our trial, if only we would put Him first in our lives.
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