WIDOW’S FAITHFULNESS REWARDED 1 Kings 17: 8:-18
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. 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. (v13)
God had determined that there would be a long drought during the reign of Ahab, the wicked king of Israel. After Elijah announced the drought, God hid him from Ahab and miraculously fed him with bread and meat brought to him by ravens. Although the situation with this poor widow was hopeless as far as she was concerned, she had faith in the God of Elijah and took Elijah’s words as God’s own words. “For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth’” (v14) This promise came to pass in the life of this widow (v16). Although the widow of Zarephath lived among the idolaters, she exercised faith. God sent Elijah to her for the sake of both the woman and the prophet. This woman was rewarded for her faith, obedience and generosity. She was not selfish but was ready to share her only meal with the servant of God.
At various steps in the journey of life, the Lord brings us to the place where He tests our faith. If we exercise our faith, we will get His blessing; if we do not, we will lose what he has in store for us. That will not be your portion. And it will come to pass in your life. The secret of effective prayer is faith in Jesus Christ and absolute trust in the word He has spoken. God is willing to help you as you determine to exercise your faith in Him. (NBC)
PRAYER LINE: Father, teach me to serve You faithfully and heartily for the reward of serving the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:23-24)
God helps those who exercise their in Him.