THE 8th OF FEBRUARY
THE LORD PROVIDES FOR US, AFTER WE DO WHAT HE TELLS US TO DO
Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” – 1 Kings 17:9
God completely took care of Elijah during the drought. The Lord sent him first to the Brook Cherith, where he had drinking water, and the ravens came and fed him. After a while, the brook dried up, and God sent the prophet Elijah to a widow, whom he had commanded to feed him. Elijah obeyed again and went to where the Lord sent him.
The widow believed in God, and she probably prayed for food, even if she did not necessarily believe that her prayer would be answered. But God, in His great love, prepared the food for her and Elijah. When Elijah met her, the woman had enough flour and oil for a small bread for both she and her son, but when Elijah asked her to bake a small amount for him first, she accepted without commenting. We do not know what God said to the widow, but we know that the effect of it was that all three of them had sufficient food until the end of the drought, as the Lord spoke through Elijah.
The solutions that the Lord has for our problems go beyond all expectations! Many times, the Lord’s provision does not even come from our efforts, because the Lord uses others to fulfill our needs, as He wants to bless them too. By multiplying the widow’s resources, God provided food not only for Elijah (who did not have to do the baking) but also for the widow and her son. This miracle is amazing. Because Elijah and the widow responded correctly to the Lord, He met their needs in a way that was beyond normal thinking and to many would even seem absurd.
Heavenly Father, please help me recognize Your voice! Your plans are different than our plans, so please help me know which come from You and to follow as You direct. My mind tends to doubt anything that contradicts human logic, so please help me resist any doubts, believe what comes from You and act in obedience. Thank You for always being with me and having the best solutions for my problems. Amen.