One Thing (1/12/12)
8Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 9“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, “Please get me a little water in a jar, that I may drink.” 11As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.” 12But she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 13Then Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son. 14“For thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain on the face of the earth.’” 15So she went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke through Elijah.
Let’s look at this story metaphorically a little from this woman’s perspective. The lord required from her through Elijah what was impossible for her to give. She was at the end of her rope, and was at a place of total despair, and helplessness. That’s often the best place in the world to be just before you step into a life that’s supernatural. The Christian life isn’t difficult, it is impossible. If you’ve been doing your sincere best for Jesus and have come to a place where the whole thing seems to be ridiculously difficult, then you are qualified to take the plunge into a life of RESTING at His Banqueting Table, experiencing His presence and provision one day at a time. She had nothing to lose, so she yielded all of the little she had. This is what God requires. You may feel that you are an inadequate mess, and failure and have little to offer. Cheer up, that is all God is asking for. Even if isn’t much, He wants it all, and that is all He needs. Once she gave it all, she stepped into the realm of the supernatural, instead of trying to scratch by, drawing from the meager resources of your own humanity. The Lord promised through Elijah that if she would just trust Him and surender all, He would supernaturally be her provision. God wants us to live by all that He is for all that we need. If we do, we will discover more than enough all of the time. Are your resources mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted. If you’ll simply by sheer obedient faith surrender all you have, your bowl will stay miraculously replenished. Her bowl of flower never was exhausted. And the miracle happened every day, one day at a time. Every night when she went to bed, she slept knowing that in the midst of a famine, (the worst kind of circumstances) God had once again been faithful to be her “MORE THAN ENOUGH,” and she woke every morning thanking Him that once again He would be her source for the new day facing her. Cool way to live, Huh! Have a great day experiencing His MUCH for your little.