We are looking at Elijah and the widow woman from 1 Kings 17. If you would like to see how he got here, otherwise briefly:
He was beside a brook, exactly where he was told to be by the Lord. Food provided by Ravens, and all the water he could drink.
Until, because of the drought, the brook dried up.
“And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there:”
The Prophet of God, he has the Gift of Faith, now receiving another Word of Knowledge and a Word of Wisdom.
“behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.”
Elijah was an Israelite, he knew the law and this was not right. He knew the Lords commands to care for widows and the fatherless.
Yet his instructions are clear, go, the widow will feed, clothe, give him a place to lay his head.
This colors the way he approached her. He didn’t request water, but asked for a little drink, he didn’t ask for a meal, but a morsel, (a small amont), of bread.
He met her where she was.
This is a lesson we all must learn. Not asking people for more than they have to give. This is true of offerings, physical assistence, prayers and especially Salvation.
A lot of folks might come to the Lord if, we weren’t trying to clean them up first. “Quit that lifestyle, then come and join us at church.”
Jesus met them where they were, opened their eyes to the possibilities of a better life, health, wealth, peace, joy.
It wasn’t till they asked questions, did he bring up their faults and offer forgiveness.
Asking for little the woman replied:
“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.”
Where she was:
She had no cake – just a handful of meal and a little oil.
She was gathering “2” sticks. (It must have been vary little supply, to be cooked with only 2 sticks).
That we might eat, all that we have, there was no hope, in her, for life, only to die.
She said this in an oath to Elijahs God, not her Canaanite God.
Yet, Elijah once again speaks a Word of Knowledge:
“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.”
A test; feed me first.
We face this test daily, does God come first in our lives. Do we first obey Him, then attend to our desires? I would like to think I do, but in reality,… nope.
“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.”
This another Word of Knowledge, the meal and oil will not run out. The Word of Wisdom, feed me first.
“And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.”
She went and did according to the Word of the Lord, through His Prophet.
The Lord watched over His Word.
We might see this Working of Miracles, God moving in our midst, if we would only learn to listen and obey.