Posted by: peebles | May 17, 2011

1 Kings 17:12 (NIV) ~ “As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

Here we have a story which over the years many have taken way out of context. This is a story of “obedience brings blessing”. In verse 9, we find that God had spoken to this woman and commanded her to supply Elijah with food. Think on this for just a moment, in the days of Elijah the word of the Lord was rare, yet God spoke to this widow woman, a woman who would believe His word and obey Him.

This was a time of great famine and drought; it had not rained for over three years and times were tough. This woman had reached the end of her rope. She had nothing left but a little oil and just a handful of flour. This was to be the last meal for her and her son, before they would starve and die. You just do not get any more desperate than that! But God had spoken to her, He not only spoke to her but He commanded her to do something. First, Elijah asked her for a drink, and as she was going to get it for him, he then asked her, “And bring me, please a piece of bread to eat.” This shook her to the core, but Elijah reminded her of the command God had given her which was to “supply Elijah with food”. Up to a point she was prepared to obey, but when her faith was put to the test she waivered a little, but then she remembered the promise of God and obeyed.

Sometimes in life we can find ourselves in the same position as this woman when God tell us to do something and as we find ourselves about to take that step, He stretches our faith even further and asks us to believe for more. You see, when we do what we can, God will do the rest in a supernatural way.

God, through Elijah, reminded the woman to do what God had told her to do, at first. Oh, how those words strike a chord in my heart. It is like Jonah, when he did the things God told him to do at first, the blessing came. God had entrusted her to do what He asked, because he saw in her a woman of faith who would follow His commands. However, for a brief moment she took her eyes off the promise of God and focused on her present circumstance. But when she did the thing which God had asked of her, God blessed her. Even in the New Testament, Jesus Christ spoke about her in Luke 4:25 to 26 (NIV), I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.”

My friend, sometimes God may speak to us to do something, but we will never move on to greater things until we do the thing which He has asked us to do in the first place. When we, in simple obedience do it, we can then move on to see God do mighty miracles.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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