July 6, 2022
Today’s reading: 1 Kings 17:12
There is no lack in God
We read in 1 Kings 17:12:
12 So she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, 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.”
Imagine this situation:
There’s a famine in the land. You are a widow and extremely poor. You don’t simply just have to feed yourself, but also your child. Now, you are at your last meal, and afterward, you don’t have anything to eat anymore.
If you are a widow in Zarephath, you know exactly what it feels like to live through a time of famine. In the ancient world, widows are known to be among the poorest of the poor. The widow understood very well that she and her son were about to die in the famine.
Yet, we can see here how the Almighty works out a plan.
When the brook dried up, Yahweh told Elijah to visit the widow not in Israel, but in Zarephath. It’s quite interesting because the least you want to do in a famine and search for food is to go to a place of a widow. Yet, that’s where God led Elijah.
Read what Elijah told the widow:
13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.’ ” 1 Kings 17:13-14
First thing Elijah said was not to fear. Through a miracle, we read:
15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah. 1 Kings 17:15-16
When all hopes seemed to be gone, we could see that God can still give hope. When the widow thought that she and her son would die, God sent Elijah to help.
Indeed, when we feel like we are running out of resources, may we remember the words of Psalm 23:1:
1 The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not lack.
As long as we are making Yahweh our Shepherd, God, and Master, we will not lack. God will always provide for all our needs.
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