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January 10, 2015

TRUST= Firm belief in the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; confidence or reliance. Assured resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship, or other sound principle, of another person. To place confidence in; to rely on, to confide, or repose faith. To give credence to; to believe; to credit.

In this blog written from 1Kings 17, I will share the story of Elijah the Tishbite and a Gentile widow in Zarephath and how they handled the trust test.

Elijah, a mighty prophet in Israel whose name means, “The Lord (Jehovah) is my God” is sent to the wicked King Ahab with a word concerning a nationwide drought which would last for several years and would not cease until he said so. After delivering this word, God instructs Elijah to go and hide by the brook Cherith that is east of Jordan. He is also told that he would be able to drink water from the brook and ravens would bring him a meal of flesh and bread two times a day. Elijah obeyed the instructions and was kept protected and nourished until the brook dried up. At that time God sends him northeast about a hundred miles to the Phoenician city of Zarephath to a widow whom He had commanded to sustain him.

As Elijah was entering Zarephath, he saw a widow gathering sticks. He asked her for a drink of water and a morsel of bread. Listen to her answer to this request and then Elijah’s response, “As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” And Elijah said unto her, “Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth” (1Kings 17:12-14).

Prompted by God, this widow, who was not acquainted with Elijah heeded his words. Thus, she experienced a daily miracle for the barrel of the meal did not empty, and neither did the cruse of oil fail. Despite these provisions, the widow had her doubts concerning Elijah’s authenticity; however, a significant crisis proved to her that Elijah was a man of God who spoke the word of God.

This event unfolded when her son became ill and died. At first, she felt his death was caused by the sins she committed and Elijah’s presence in her household. Elijah did not condemn her, but he took the child from her, carried him up into his loft, laid him upon his bed, interceded to God, and stretched himself upon the child three times. God responded affirmatively to Elijah, and the child was revived. When he took the child down to his mother, she then acknowledged Elijah as a true man of God.

In these years of drought, trust in God is exhibited by Elijah and the widow. First, Elijah believed that God would sustain him and feed him via ravens. The raven known for its’ intelligence, omnivorous diet, and versatility in finding sources of nutrition is the first cousin to the common crow. Its’ nature was to feed itself, but these special ravens also fed Elijah. Secondly, in going to Zarephath, Elijah knew it was located in close proximity to where his enemy King Ahab lived, but he continued to trust God for divine protection. And finally, God did not send him to a rich person but to a widow who was about to starve, and his obedience resulted in continued substance for both of them.

The scriptures do not share this Gentile widow’s personal history or why God chooses to send Elijah to her. It does states He directed her to feed Elijah, and without much hesitation, she did so. She trusted God, and He did not fail her. He gave her not only provisions but the life of her son.

From this text, we see that we can trust God for our daily bread even when it comes from unlikely sources. His grace extends beyond His chosen people but also to those who will believe and obey His instructions. He can restore life to that which is dead, and He will keep you safe from your enemies as you put your trust in Him. So I close today with these two words that encompass all situations, “TRUST GOD.”

From → Test Series

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