March 23, 2020: The Testing of your Faith
I Kings 17:7-24
It had not rained for almost three and a half years in Israel. The economy shot, food scarce, and no jobs. It was the worst possible situation for a widow woman with a young son. Then along comes a prophet of God and asks her to cook him a meal.
Her reply was something to remember. “I have only enough to feed my son and after we eat this little amount we are going to die.” You would think that a prophet of God would be more compassionate than Elijah, but no, he had the audacity to ask her to cook him a meal first and then cook a meal for her son.
How could God ask her to cook his prophet a meal before caring for her own son? This is what we see all throughout Scripture; God is always pushing us and stretching us to grow stronger in our faith. This is a test for this widow woman who was at the end of her rope. She had lost her husband some years before and now she is staring at the stark reality of losing not just her life but the life of her son as well.
Why would God ask her to give her last food to his prophet instead of to her son? Some would accuse God of being heavy handed but this is not the case. God was going to show this widow woman how He would provide for her in the months to come.
The Scripture said, “She went away and did as Elijah had told her. There was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.” (1 Kings 17:15-16)
We have seen it in our day have we not? People scared that they will run out of food and supplies so they go to the store and buy out everything they can. They become hoarders instead of givers This is not to be the way of the believer in this day. We are called to be open-handed to others trusting that God will supply our needs.
In this day of uncertainty, we have one thing that is certain, God will provide for those who are His. This widow woman discovered that God could be trusted even in situations that look bleak and hopeless.
Where is God asking you to give more than usual these days? What step of faith do you need to take to have your faith strengthened? Go ahead, do what the widow woman did, and watch what God will do.
Let us be like the widow woman who went and did as Elijah had told her. However, be warned, your step of faith will require you to take a greater step tomorrow. Tune in tomorrow as we see how God leads this widow woman to even greater faith.