1 Kings 17:8-15 (NLT)
8Then the Lord said to Elijah, 9“Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”
10So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, “Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?” 11As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.”
12But she said, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.”
13But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. 14For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”
15So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days.
When I read this story, the first thing that surprised me was the widow’s response to Elijah’s request for bread. She told him that she only had enough supplies to make a little bread for herself and her son. At this point, it is clear that the widow has accepted death; she has almost no food left, and doesn’t expect for her or her son to be able to live much longer.
While this is shocking, Elijah’s reply is even more amazing! Elijah tells the widow that God still has plans for her, and will continue to provide for her, even though she currently has almost no food left. He stops her for a moment and tells her the she needs to trust God with her needs.
I love this point of view: we must put our lives and daily needs in God’s hands; He won’t let us down.
Is there anything in your life that you are uncomfortable with, but live with anyway. God wants you to thrive, not just get by. In what areas do you need to trust God more? What are you believing for? Whatever you need, pray about it, and see what God has in mind for you.
The author is a high school student from California.
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