1 Kings 17:12 – And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
Today I begun a new series of Second Milers. I will be focusing on what you already have in your house. You will discover that perhaps too often we ask the Lord for things we think we need or lack, when in reality, He has already made available to us if we will simply place what we already have in His hands. In this first offering, we will look at the widow in our Text for Today. Elijah had been sent to a widow in Zarephath. He asked her for water, and as she went to get it for him, he also asked her for a cake of bread. The Text for Today was her response to that request. It is obvious that she was in a desperate situation, destitute of the ability to go on beyond the little oil and meal she had. By her own accounting, that is all she had, and believed it to be all to which she had access.
But God! Regardless of the situation you face, the circumstances surrounding you, and the physical evidence of what you see as reality, you must always lean heavily on whatever God says, especially when circumstances and God disagree, when the situation looming before you and the face of God into which you gaze oppose each other. Those are what I call “But God” situations. That is what we see in our Text for Today; a “But God” situation. All the widow has is a small portion of meal and a small cruse of oil. After that, starvation is the outcome for her and her child.
I am convinced that far too often, when faced with critical needs in our lives, all we truly need to do is look inward. Are there things in our lives we consider too small to count that, if simply laid before the Lord for His plan, purpose, and pleasure, would be so multiplied by Him that all our need would be bountifully met? What we should learn is that waiting to hear from the Lord during a dire situation is not good. We should be yielding fully to Him in the good times. That may, in fact, eliminate many of the hard times we may face. But regardless, always put God first, always being fully yielded to Him. What you already have in the house may be more than sufficient to handle every problem you face.
Manna for Today – Philippians 4:19; 3 John 2; Luke 12:32; Luke 6:38; Mark 20:29-30; Malachi 3:6-10