For 2020, I have chosen Isiah 41:10 as my personal verse. This lead into a theme for this year’s His Encouragement posts. Each week, I will be looking at another “fear not” of the Bible. I hope that as we journey together through these verses that we all will learn a little more about trusting God and rooting out the fear in our lives.
And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.1 King 17:13 KJV
Today’s “fear not” comes from a beloved Bible story. The land of Israel is enduring a drought (and famine) that will in the end last three years. People have chosen to do unthinkable things to survive including eating their own children. (I hope things don’t get that bad!)
Through all of this, God has provided for his prophet, Elijah, by sending him to live by a little stream. Every day the ravens come and bring him a little bread and meat, twice a day. Sounds like Elijah has got it made, right! But low and behold, one day the brook dries up, and now he has no water.
The thing I think is interesting about this story is that we don’t hear Elijah complain to the Lord. He doesn’t doubt God or accuse him of not caring. He doesn’t worry or fret– “Oh! What’s going to become of me now?”
He simply trust God and obeys. God sends him to the village of Zarephath where there lives a widow that God had commanded to sustain him. Do you think that along the way that Elijah was thinking this was a wealthy widow? That she must have had plenty to share and everything would be great? He finds the widow gathering sticks by the city gates. Wait! Shouldn’t her servants be doing that? He asked for some water and she fetches it for him. Then he asks her for bread. Imagine his surprise when she says she doesn’t have any bread but only flour and oil enough to make one cake for her and her son to share and then they will be out of food!
Let’s switch now to the widow woman. I don’t know if she knew who Elijah was already or if she didn’t. But I would be pretty perturbed if some stranger asked me to give up my child’s last food, especially if they then said if you do, it won’t run out until the drought is over. I’d be like, yeah, right! That’s crazy talk! But for some reason this woman believed Elijah and she went and did as he asked. Because of her obedience, she was the recipient of one of the most unusual miracles in scripture.
Have you ever wondered how it worked? Did the flour and oil reappear as soon as she took it out? Did she close the lids, but then the next morning there was more? Were they suddenly completely full? We don’t know how God did it, but we do know that both Elijah and the woman and her son were provided for every day. It definitely gives a new meaning to “give us this day our daily bread.”
I don’t know your circumstances right now. I don’t know if you’ve lost your job or if you’re still working. I don’t know if your cupboards are looking slim or if you were able to stock up before things got crazy. But what I do know is that God always provides for those who trust him.
Fear not. God always provides for those who trust and obey.
“And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah. [1Ki 17:16 KJV]
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Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
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