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

Obedience’s Miracle—The Widow of Zarephath (P2)

Part 2 of 3

The Widow of Zarephath’s story begins while she is at the gate gathering a few sticks so she can go home and prepare the last little bit of food for herself and her son. In her mind, the end is near. Her plan—without God’s miraculous intervention, which she must have hoped for—she and her son will starve to death.

This woman had nothing for her own family to eat, much less a prophet. Through her obedience, God sustained both of them. Elijah sees the woman that God has told her to meet and asks her for a cup of water. I can just see her acknowledge him and turn to go to get the water. Then behind her, she hears him ask for a piece of bread.

Can you imagine just a little attitude in her response to him? The Message says she said, “I swear, as surely as your God lives, I don’t have so much as a biscuit. I have a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a bottle; you found me scratching together just enough firewood to make a last meal for my son and me. After we eat it, we’ll die.”[1]

This man of God is asking for the last of all she has.

Perhaps she’s wondering…Did God send this man? Do I dare trust him? Do I trust God?

Elijah tells her not to be afraid, but instead, to “Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

There it was—there was the promise of a miracle. All she had to do was believe God—the God of Israel—and obey. In that moment she chooses to trust God.

So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.[2]

God sent Elijah to a woman who had nothing so that He could provide for her and her family supernaturally as a result of her faith. As she decided to care for God’s spokesperson, God provided miraculously for her household.

[1] 1 Kings 17:12  MSG

[2] 1 Kings 17:15-16 NKJV