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.
I perceive the need today to take one further look at the story of the widow of Zarephath. As we examine this story closely, giving thought to it in meditation, several thoughts come to mind. Take a moment to process them with me. First, I am sure this woman, being a widow, was not an extravagant woman, wasteful in her ways. It would seem obvious that the situation in which she was found by Elijah had been coming on for some time. There was a drought going on. Food was already scarce. She surely realized that her meal and oil supply were coming to an end. In such a situation, and having no hope for the coming day, I would have already been using the meal and oil I had as sparingly as possible, probably rationing them to as minimal a daily portion as I thought my child and I could use to survive. The fact that all she had when Elijah arrived was a handful of meal and a single cruse of oil had not crept up on this widow. She saw it coming well in advance. That would only heighten the challenge to her faith when Elijah made his request of her.
It is to that end that I address my thoughts to you today. Have you ever been, or are you now in a position where circumstances are telling you that resources are running low? That there is simply not enough to take care of the work at hand? That very soon, what you are now doing, or desiring to do must come to a halt simply because there is no further provision? That challenge may be coming to the church, your home, your school, your life sooner than you think. With the current state of affairs in our government, in our society, in many of our churches, and in the international scene, it would appear that great shortages loom likely in the future.
But God! That is why I returned to our Text for Today once again. I encourage you to stop, think, consider the events in our Text for Today, and look deeply inside your house, your life, your job, your church. Are you willing to take what you presently possess; all you presently possess, and place it into the hands of the Lord in obedience to what He desires. Are you willing to do that, regardless of how foolish it may be? God is waiting to Personally see that you do not run out of meal or oil. Trust Him with all your heart and He will direct you paths, give you daily bread, and see to your every need.
Manna for Today – Philippians 4:19; 3 John 2; Luke 12:32; Luke 6:38; Mark 20:29-30; Malachi 3:6-10