Provision of Faith

“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 1 Kings 17:9
God works in mysterious ways. God instructs Elijah to go to Zarephath where God has ‘commanded’ a woman (widow) to feed him. As Elijah gets there he faces the woman he finds outside the city and request for drinking water, but he then adds that she should brings along bread. The woman responds in a manner that does not obviously suggest she has received a command from God to do that. These are her words in verse 12, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now 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.” Could this be the widow God has commanded, her response does not show that.

We know the end of the story, she accepted to bring her last provision to him when he told her “Do not fear..” In verse 13 and further in verse 14 Elijah added, “For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.'” The woman went ahead to do as instructed. The words of Elijah were the verbal command from God to her but most importantly, God had already commanded the lady to obey his voice she was obedient to God, she had learned to obey his voice this may not have been the beginning God knew her heart towards Him. She would not turn God down. “But even in her dire extremity she bore witness to her faith by a compliance with the request of the stranger who was asking her to share her last morsel with him. – {Prophets and Kings p.130}

She understood that what she had left was provided by God and that she can trust Him to make more provisions. She also accepted whatever may happen to be God’s will. She had faith in the God of Elijah. Take note of who this woman was; “This woman was not an Israelite. She had never had the privileges and blessings that the chosen people of God had enjoyed; but she was a believer in the true God and had walked in all the light that was shining on her pathway.” (p.130)

Have you done something to someone who remarked that you were God sent, or you were an angel sent from God as an answer to that person in his time of need! You probably acted like this widow. You responded to Gods command to assist or support someone at the time of need. You were commanded by God to do what you did, you only fulfilled God’s will. When we respond positively to the needs of others we are fulfilling our calling. No wonder Jesus will say I was hungry you gave me food, I was sick you cared.. We need to be in tune with God, that way we will hear his probing do his bidding.

The faith in us can do wonders, if we are true believers of God, we will walk in light of God all the way.

By Eliamani A.

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