Obedience’s Miracle—The Widow of Zarephath (P3)

My husband, Blaine and I have moved several times. After a few relocations, we realized our “moves” are a part of our pioneering spirit that God put in us … we’re willing to go wherever he desires for us to go. We made that promise the night we prayed for his direction in our lives and marriage (on the verge of divorce). And he answered by sending us to become a part of a worldwide ministry – literally plucking us up and moving us in just five weeks – giving Blaine a new job that would forever change us and our direction in life.

We’ve learned relocation has EVERYTHING to do with the people He brings into our lives – those God wants to position to speak into our lives – and those He puts in our path to speak life and truth to us as well.

There’s more to the Widow of Zarephath’s story. Yes, God sustained her household through the drought, but there is more to her relationship with God’s prophet.

Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house (where Elijah was staying) became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”[1]

She’s angry. She is lashing out in her pain at the man she trusted, the man who God used to perform a miracle. Perhaps she had come to know him well in the time that had passed. She looked to Elijah for answers.

Elijah asks her to give her son to him. He takes the boy from her arms, carries him upstairs to his room and laid him on his bed. He cried out to God and asked that the boy’s life return to him. God heard Elijah and the boy lived once again. He scooped him up and carried him back downstairs to his mother.

Upon seeing her son, the widow said to Elijah, “Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is the truth.”[2]

Are you open to hear His voice when He speaks through others? Are you willing to be used by God to speak His truth into the lives of others as He leads you?

[1] 1 Kings 17:17-18 NIV

[2] 1 Kings 17:24 NKJV


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