The Journey continues…
The story is told in 1 Kings 17:7-16, about how God provided for Elijah and the widow’s family. Accordingly, after the brooks dried up, God told Elijah to go to Zarephath, where he directed a widow to supply him with food. When he arrived at the town gate, he saw a widow gathering sticks. He asked her for a drink of water and a piece of bread. However, she told him that all she had was a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug, and she was gathering the sticks to make a meal for herself and her son. The widow further added that they were going to eat the meal and die from starvation afterwards.
Elijah told her not to be afraid, she should go and do as planned. However, she should make a small loaf of bread for him first, because God said that, “…The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day He sends rain on the land.” The widow did as Elijah commanded, and she had adequate flour and oil to make bread for her family and Elijah every day, in accordance with the Word of the Lord.
Is Jesus asking you to provide for a stranger?
The widow obeyed the Word of the Lord and shared her meal with Elijah and was richly rewarded. Sometimes the special blessing for which you are waiting is attached to you helping someone. Do you feel the desire to help someone but you are hesitant because of your limited resources? I encourage you to earnestly pray and obey the Holy Spirit.
Jesus multiplies our blessings when we share
Jesus gives us resources to meet our needs and assist people who are destitute. Regrettably, sometimes we use the resources for our family and neglect the poor and needy. In such instances, we deprive ourselves from additional blessings. The Bible says, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed” (Proverbs 19:17). Hence, when we willingly and generously share with the needy, our acts of kindness touch God’s heart, and open his hands, and he pours out more blessings on us.
Are you trusting Jesus to meet your needs? He has already provided.
Jesus knows your needs before you ask (Matthew 6:8), hence he has already provided. He has clothed the flowers of the field and fed the birds of the air. You are more valuable than they. He says in Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” His love motivates Him to meet your needs. If you are in a low place and not seeing his provision, ask Him, He will reveal it to you.
What should we do, when we are depending on Jesus and the bills are overdue or deadlines are fast approaching?
1. Seek His face
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). We seek God’s face when we pray, fast, and obey His word. A broken spirit and a contrite heart, he will not despise (Psalm 51:17). God will respond when we genuinely seek his face. He loves communicating with us, and uses the opportunity to correct our misconceptions, affirm his love, and reveal more of himself. The Bible says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8). As you spend time in his presence, your struggles become less important, and accomplishing his purpose becomes priority.
2. Trust Him
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). God provides in his time. I have been in situations where God provided after the deadline has passed. He wants you to trust him, and acknowledge that he controls everything.
3. Do not worry
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). Worry leads to sin, and reliance on self, and others. I implore you to release your burdens to the Lord, and wait on him. The psalmist says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).