Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath
7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
12 “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 olive 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.”
13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
15 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. 16 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 17:7-15
Some of you know that I came out of a background of New Age teaching. When I began a real search for the truth, it came around full circle to the fact that God is the one God and to try to find peace and serenity anywhere else becomes useless in the times when you have reached rock bottom.
Having said that I find that a lot of the New Age concepts are nothing more then the words of the bible manipulated in a way to make people say, “Yes, Yes!” and then follow a human being and not a loving God.
It’s easy to do because in this day and age most people have not even opened a bible for themselves and do not realize they are being scammed.
For instance take the best selling book “The Secret,” the majority of that book is lifted from the knowledge taught in the bible. That’s exactly why some of the things we read in that book work. They are biblical principals and when we follow biblical principals they are successful.
For instance, the scriptures above go beyond just regular giving. When we understand the concepts there we go from being somewhat blessed to being blessed beyond our wildest beliefs.
God opened my eyes to sacrificial giving about 10 years ago and believe me when I tell you that my life has radically changed because of it for the better.
If you notice in the above scriptures God sends Elijah to a woman who is in desperate need herself. Now why is that? God is all knowing and surely He could have sent Elijah to a rich person who would easily supply Elijah’s needs.
It’s because God teaches through metaphors. The scriptures above are no different.
We learn here the lesson that God doubly honors sacrificial giving. When we are obedient to continue to give, in the midst of having nothing ourselves, God will not only honor that giving with “enough,” but also with MORE than enough.
The widow was down to her last meal for her and her son. Yet, her faith in God was so strong, she did as Elijah asked and gave out of her want. How many of us are willing to do the same? Many times in the years I have been ministering for the Lord I have had people say, “I really want to give and as soon as I am blessed with more money I am going to do that!” I tell you that if you give in your need you will be doubly blessed. Giving is not always money. By giving I do not tell you to give to your Church, per se. God spoke to my heart to give to His people in need directly. It’s can be money, or food, or my time, or my talents, or physical labor but God wants me to give in that needy time as well as the good times.
There is a further lesson that God showed me, or if you will “a SECRET” teaching, in these scriptures also. The widow gives and then God blesses her with a constant flow of the physical things she needs.
In the midst of this blessing and of her praising God something bad occurs!
I want you to know that nine times out of ten, when God has blessed you abundantly, Satan will be so mad to see God getting the glory that he will double his efforts to attack you. It happens almost every time after you have experienced a miracle. It is meant to discourage you and cause you to get angry. In verse 17 we notice that the widow’s son gets sick. He grew worse and worse and then he died. The widow is angry, and goes to Elijah and says the following; “Oh man of God, what have you done to me? Have you come here to point out my sins and kill my son?” Her first impulse was to blame herself. We often do the same thing. When something goes wrong we often think it’s in punishment for something we did in the past. Then her next impulse was to blame “the man of God.”
Next, we see that through supernatural intervention Elijah brings her son back to life. At this point the woman says to Elijah, “Now I know for sure that you are a man of God, and that the Lord truly speaks through you!”
Now isn’t that just how we are? God had done the first food miracle, and yet here she doubted God again. Sometimes I think God must get exasperated with us for the same things. In the past God gave us a miracle, and now here we are down the road with what seems like an impossible situation again and again we begin to doubt.
When we faithfully give, and especially sacrificially, God will come through with even greater miracles.
I do not know where you are today or what your situation is but I tell you that if you will give and open your hands to someone in need, in the midst of your want, God will open His hands and do the same and more for you!
In His Unconditional Love,