Faith For Provision: Widow At Zarephath

Widowed woman

She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. 1 Kings 17:15-16 

During a severe famine in the land, God had told Elijah to go to a certain widow in Zarephath for his provision of food. There he asked the lady for some food. The woman said that she had only a little food left for one meal, then she and her son would die from starvation.

Think about this for a moment. Here is a lady and her son about to eat their last meal and die and this guy comes up to her and wants her to make him some food first. This sounds selfish and rude. Most people would tell him to get lost or sorry that they cannot give him any food.

Pancakes

Giving up the last of something you have to a complete stranger would be difficult to do, especially if it meant life or death for you or someone else you love. In order to do something like this, it would take a great step of faith. You would have to first know that you are doing what God wants, then you would have to trust that God would meet your needs.

Elijah told her to trust that God would provide and still to make the food for him. The widow chose to trust Elijah and God and decided to make the food for Elijah. As she made the food, somehow God continued to provide the needed oil and flour to keep making more food.

Man stepping of cliff

Stepping out into faith will sometimes require to give up something that you need. In doing this, you are trusting God to meet that need in some other way.

Often people trust their own abilities to meet their personal needs. They trust their job, bank account, experience, and more, rather than have faith in God. Choosing to do your own thing will not show faith in God, but faith in self. In the process of trusting self, you will not be able to see the provision of God in your life.

A life of faith will not be focused on self. It will be focused on what you can do for others knowing that God will meet your needs. When Jesus came to this earth, He came focused on serving life to every person. He trusted His Father to take care of Him and meet His needs. This included laying down His life. He had faith, that if He laid down His life for others, God would raise it back up again. And He did.

Empty tomb

If the widow had not trusted Elijah and God, then that meal most likely would have been her last meal. God would not have provided for her, because she would not have trusted in Him, but in her own abilities. Yet, her actions of trust allowed God to provide abundantly for her needs.

As you see a need in someone else’s life, you may have the ability to meet it, but in the process may create a need of your own. In seeing this, you may not see how you can help the other person out, without jeopardizing your own life. This is where faith steps in. Trust God to meet your needs.

In the same way you may be meeting the need of someone else, God may have another person waiting to meet your need. Or God may doing some miracle to provide for your need as you step out in faith.

Helping hands

Do not hold back helping someone else out when you have the ability. This is a way to shine God’s love and provision into the life of another person. It is also a great act of faith on your part. Trusting God to touch the other person through you. Trusting God to meet your needs. Trusting God to help you provide for others.

Think about ways you can step up to help meet the needs of someone else. How can God use you to touch someone else’s life? If God could provide for he widow…If God provided for you in the past…then God can provide for you again in your time of need. Trust Him. Have faith in His abilities.

2 Kings 2:9 More For God

Cross in clouds

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. 2 Kings 2:9 

Over the years there have been occasions where a wealthy person or a person of high position offers his help to someone with a blank check. The person will ask someone in need if there is anything that he can do for him, and really mean anything.

The person being asked has been given a blank check to ask for whatever he wants at the time. Some of those that are offering it, mean anything and are good on their word at doing it. What people ask for is a very wide variety of things. While many ask for a certain amount of money, others will ask for help or something else.

Elisha had been following and learning under Elijah for some time. As Elijah was about to be taken away by God, he offered to do anything for Elisha. The one thing that Elisha wanted was a double portion of his spirit.

The spirit of Elijah was one of total, sold-out service and dedication to God. He was able to hear from God directly and God did great things through him.

Often when asked what a person wants, most people are thinking of physical and temporary things, money, food, housing, cars, or something like that. Seeking to have a heart after God is greater than anything else. It shows faithfulness and dedication to God. It shows trust in God. It allows God to use the person in mighty ways, greater than could be dreamed up.

The purpose of Elijah’s spirit was to serve God and do what He wants and desires. Believers today can have that same spirit and now with God’s Spirit in them also. Through God and His Holy Spirit believers can do more now than ever before.

Jesus has opened the door for you to have His Spirit in you. He wants to give you a double portion, just as Elijah gave Elisha. His Holy Spirit will guide you and lead in you in the paths of righteousness and God’s ways.

As you trust in God and are led by His Spirit, you will do greater things than anyone else can. No money or things in this world can achieve what His Spirit can.

What are you seeking for today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s Spirit in you; that you will serve God to build His kingdom; and that your life will be dedicated to serving God. 

1 Kings 19:9 Running In Fear

Running in fear

There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:9 

Fear is something that grips most people at some point or another. It does not matter who the person is, there is usually something that they are afraid of. How each person deals with the fear is also very different from person to person.

When there is fear, there is usually the feeling that something very bad is about to happen. It could be something physical or emotional, but either way it will be bad, or at least expected to be very bad. As this happens, most people try to run from what they fear. They do not want to have anything bad happen.

During a miraculous display of God’s power, Elijah brought the drought to an end. When that occurred, the queen of Israel vowed to kill Elijah. He ran away. Up on a mountain, God came to him and asked him why he was there. Elijah basically said that he feared for his life.

Knowing God and His great power, love and mercy, one should never have to fear. Elijah had known the great power of God personally. He saw God work in ways most people had never seen. Yet, when threatened, he ran in fear.

Every believer has a power living in them that the world cannot overcome. There is no reason to fear. The worst that can happen to a person is death, which then becomes the best thing, because they are then in heaven with God for eternity.

Many believers, however, run in fear of the pain or suffering that may occur in the process. When they run in fear, often they run out of God’s will. God will then ask why they are where they are.

God can be asking you why you are where you are right now. Are you located in the center of His will and desires?

Or are you running in fear from something?

Know that God is the one who is in absolute control. You have nothing to fear. Even if you were the last believer on the earth, God is still with you and in control. And you will not be the last believer on this earth. There are believers every where in this world.

The enemy may be out to kill you, but God is still on your side. Trust Him today and don’t run in fear.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s control and power; that you will not run in fear; that you will always run to God; and that you will trust God in every situation.

1 Kings 18:21 Make A Choice

Choice of two paths

Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing. 1 Kings 18:21 

It is very common for people to not want to make a concrete decision. Many people do not like to have to make a final choice in a situation. They like to be able to have the option of two or more different ways and change choices as they go along.

With the choices available, people like different things with both options. So rather than lock themselves down with one side, they waver in the middle and go back and forth all the time.

As God was ready to bring the drought to an end, Elijah called all the people together with the prophets of Baal. His first statement was that they needed to make a choice. They had to choose who was the real God. He left it up to them to decide between God and Baal.

For a number of years, the people would serve both God and Baal. Depending upon the time and situation, they would waver between the two. Yet, there was only room for one God and they had to make a choice.

The same problem occurs today. Although no one follows Baal anymore, there are other things that people follow as though it was God or a god, as they also follow God on Sundays. On Sunday they go to church and worship and serve God. As soon as Sunday is over they are serving self and following some other God–jobs, people, sports, money, or anything else.

When people live like this, they are not making a choice in who is God. They are being lukewarm in their life and in the end will be cast out. God wants a choice to be made. He prefers that He be the real God in each person’s life, but it is still a choice, one way or the other.

As a believer you have made a choice at some point to believe God is God. Now you have a choice to live that way. Take a look at your life and see if you are wavering between God and some idol.

What thing(s) or people are getting in your way between you and God? Make a choice as to who is God and then follow that God with all of your life. Don’t waver and get kicked out.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will serve God with all of your life; that you will not waver in your belief in God; and that you will not waver in your following God. 

1 Kings 17:15 Acting In Faith

Boy stepping out

She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 1 Kings 17:15 

To do something people like to know what the outcome will be. They want to have a favorable outcome with the actions that they do. Most people will look at what the different possibilities are and weigh the differences.

The primary way most people will act, is if the possibility of a favorable outcome is very high, will they do the act. If the possibility of a favorable outcome is very low, then the only way that they will do the action is if the favorable outcome will be very high, such as in playing the lottery.

During the time of a proclaimed drought, Elijah went to a woman for some food. The lady said that all she had was enough food for one more meal, and then she and her child would die. Elijah told her He would provide for her needs, so she made him a meal. God did provide and they had food every day during the drought.

Acting in faith takes some courage and faith in God. One has to know that God is full of love and is faithful to His word. Throughout the Bible, over and over, God says that He will provide.

Nearly every believer in God has heard this said or read the verses, yet, many are afraid to act in faith. They are afraid to give their last bit of food for a stranger, trusting God for more. They are afraid to give to a missionary in need or give the tithe plus some more in generosity. They are afraid to go up to someone and tell them about Jesus. These things are all not done out of lack of faith in God.

If you can trust God to save your soul from sin, then you should be able to trust Him with everything else. Trust God when He directs you to do some thing.

Doing what God asks of you may look like you are stepping off a cliff and will die, unless He does something, but do it anyways. God has a reason for you to take that step. It may be for you, or it may be for someone else, but do it.

God has never been unfaithful, nor will He ever be unfaithful.

Act in faith today!

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know that God is faithful; that you will trust God’s word to you; that you will have faith in God’s promises; and that you will always act in faith towards God.