In the days of famine, Elijah was told by God ‘Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have instructed a widow there to supply you with food.’ 1 Kings 17:9. When Elijah arrived at the Town gate, he found a widow gathering some sticks and at his request for bread, she said ‘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’1 Kings 17:12.
When God instructed Elijah to go to a widow, one would assume that the widow was prepared for Elijah and possibly had a lot at her disposal to share with this man of God. Only to learn… she was preparing to make her last meal. The ways and timings of God are not Man’s. A mistake on our part is to assume God to do or act according to our expectations or set plans.
Note that Elijah didn’t approach the widow with…God had told me that you will feed me talk…No. He simply asked for water and the impossible then in those seasons….Bread. God goes before us to meet our needs. When Elijah placed forward a difficult request… his request was met with acceptance from the widow. Indeed, God as the provider of our needs chooses whom to use to meet our needs. In this story we learn that not only did Elijah’s need then and throughout the famine was met by this widow; but also the Lord blessed the widow for her obedience to his instruction. That quiet voice you hear instructing one to do good or bless another; even when it does not make economic sense… pay heed to it.
We have been called out, and we are a people meant to walk by faith; not by sight. When we allow God to be in charge of our circumstances; we place our trust in God; and this enables us to see God work and address the impossible situations in our lives.
How many times do we go to God in prayer with a request to meet a specific need; while our mind is focused expectantly on a person to ‘bail’ us out? When that person fails us…then we grumble how God has failed us. If Elijah thought he had heard wrong from God and instead of going to the widow, passed by her and walked on to a place of abundance …say a King’s Palace; would he have met acceptance and help?
Elijah trusted God as his provider and received from God through a widow; who was also blessed by God. Lack of trust in God, makes one to take paths which compromise one’s stand as a Child of God; leading to emptiness and heartaches.
Trusting in God is the key for you to receive from God; for God is your Provider.