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The Widow of Zarephath

1 Kings 17: 8-16 Then the word of the Lord came to him (Elijah), saying, "Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you." so he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, "Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink." As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, "Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand." But she said, "As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die." Elijah said to her, "Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth." She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

 

Am amazing woman, this widow, for she trusted in the unknown. She didn't know Elijah. She didn't know if what he said was true. She had a son to feed and take care of during this famine. Would we be so trusting or would we be filled with doubts? Would we feed a stranger before feeding our son? Yet she trusted in God's word and because she did, she was fed; not only by the food, but I am sure also by the presence of Elijah in her household for so many days. A lesson in trusting God when we are going thru hard times and we don't know where the next meal is coming from. God sees our suffering and He takes care of those who trust Him and obey His commands. May we be trusting our Heavenly Father as we go thru this day, in Jesus' name, amen.

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