I Kings 17:8-16 NKJV
8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.”
11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.
14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ ”
15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.
16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.
Earlier, before the word of the Lord came to Elijah to go to Zarephath, the Lord has used Elijah to proclaim drought on the Land. Amidst it all, the Lord remembered the widow of Zarephath for good.
Because Elijah is a prophet of God, Elijah could not object the words of the Lord when it came to him to go to Zarephath that he would be taken care of by a widow amid the drought. On the other hand, the widow did not know Elijah as a prophet when he as asked for water, by the time Elijah said "do not fear" (verse 13) "make me a cake" (verse 13) "for thus says the Lord God of Israel... " (verse 14). She believed without hesitations
And because she provided her last meal for the prophet during the drought, she was also provided for during the drought and she did not lack. When her son was dead, the Lord revived him through Elijah.... Read I Kings chapter 17:1-24 what a story
LESSONS FROM THIS STORY
1. Whenever we hear the word of the Lord, we should not hesitate to believe. By the time Elijah asked for her last meal, and Elijah told her "do not fear...." "Thus says the Lord God of Israel...." She believed and this became a great turning point in her life.
This is a widow, during droughts, about to eat her last meal, even though she knows Elijah is a prophet, how many people will give his/her last meal to a prophet, during scarcity of food? But she, without hesitation believed the man of God, she shared her last meal with the man of God and her bin of flour did not run out throughout the food scarcity neither did her jar of oil run out during this period.
2. Do not be overwhelmed by your terrible situation. In those days, women are solely dependent on their husbands, and widows are considered the poor in the community because they have no one to provide for them.
Her case was very terrible because, apart from the fact that she is a widow (no husband to provide for her) she has a son to take care and there is a great drought in the Land..... Even in all these, she was ready to give a cup of cold water to a stranger. (WOW, HOW MANY OF US CAN DO THIS)
3. God has plans for you even though you may not know it now. The Lord has good plans for the widow to ease her of her hopeless situation but she did not know it. She was gathering wood to prepare her last meal, eat and wait for death. But the help came to her in an unexpected way and even in form of a test. She passed the test of sharing her last meal with a stranger and the Blessings of the Lord came mightily upon her.
Share with people (both the known and unknown) to help their course, you may not know when you will entertain an angel.
4. God is great and He knows best, you only need to submit to Him completely. When the Lord spoke to the prophet, He told him, "Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you." A widow to provide for you. The prophet believed and he travelled to Zarephath, getting there, truly he met a widow but that suppose to provide for him is just about to eat her last meal and wait for death. If I were Elijah, I may be disappointed. This widow is about to die and you said he will provide for me....
At this point a fresh word came from the Lord. Your bin of flour will not run out and your jar of oil will not dry up till the day the Lord send rain upon the earth (the end of drought) wow. WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE. The woman was suppose to help Elijah, Elijah actally brought hope to the woman, the woman provided food and shelter for Elijah throughout His stay at Zarephath, but it was God that actually make everything work.
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