As we continue our Daughters of Fire series this week we meet a woman who is running low on resources and strength. She is a widow that Elijah comes across on his journey to Mount Carmel. God uses their encounter to show them, and us, that when He is in control we are never lacking.
We are reminded that God is our ultimate source for everything. I think as women we feel so inadequate because we are spending too much time looking at ourselves and our circumstances and not our all-powerful, all-knowing God. And let me tell you something. Our God can do so much more with a little than we could ever do with a lot.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for always providing for me. May I trust in your ability this week and not my lack. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray. Amen.
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Hello Beloved! Today we are continuing our Daughters of Fire Series where we are learning life lessons and wisdom from Elijah in the Bible on how to live passionate lives for Jesus Christ. Last week we discussed Elijah’s test at the ravine and learned that sometimes our hardest tests in life are to simply trust God by being still and staying right where we are. Today we continue our journey with Elijah. After his season by the ravine ends, yes be encouraged, those ravine and dry seasons do not last forever, Elijah is called to meet a widow in a town called Zarephath. We read of their encounter in 1 Kings 17:10-12:
So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” – 1 Kings 17:10-12 NIV
So Elijah finds this widow God told him to find and first asks her for some water. She does not say anything and complies to his request. But Elijah takes it too far by asking for some bread also. She has something to say about this and I believe a lot of you can relate to her.As long as our God is enough we will always have and be and do enough. Click To Tweet
Has someone ever asked you for something and you were kind of like umm I don’t really feel like doing that but I’m going to just keep my mouth shut and do it anyway. But then they ask for more. And you’re like really. That’s how the widow of Zarephath felt.
She’s thinking ok, we’re already in a drought and you asking for water, but now you want some bread too. What you think this is Elijah, a restaurant? She quickly lets Elijah know she doesn’t have enough. Now let’s place ourselves in her shoes. Her husband is gone, she is now responsible for herself and her son and they are about to eat their last meal. She probably felt like that was not doing enough, she didn’t have enough and she was not enough. And I am certain you have felt that way at some point in your life. We have so much pressure to do and be everything at the same time nothing ever feels like enough.
Weather you feel like you don’t have enough time, money strength health whatever it is, it just never seems to be enough. The widow of Zarephath gets it, she’s been there, and here comes Elijah reminding her of that frustrating truth.
But Elijah stays calm, he doesn’t clap back or anything crazy like that he simply says:
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. 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.’”She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. – 1 Kings 17:13-16
I know the pressure and frustration of feeling like you are not enough, like you don’t have enough and can’t ever do enough. And I want to encourage you today, that is ok because the God that you serve is enough.
That is what God wanted to show this widow. More than water and flower and oil. She needed God. More than time and money and fame and resources, we need God.Our God can do so much more with a little than we could ever do with a lot. Click To Tweet
So many times we get distracted into thinking we need something other than God to help us solve our problems. We become so anxious and worried and we forget God is so much bigger than our problems. Do you think God is worried about your electric bill, like do you think it stresses it out. I was praying to God over an expense that I was particularly worried and stressed over, it was like $50 and as I was praying to God about He was like, Christina I put the stars in the sky, do you really think I’m worried about $50. We’re praying and crying out to God like He is not able. We can’t forget that God is bigger than our lack, He is bigger than our not enoughness. [yes I just made that word up]
We cannot forget that God is our ultimate source for everything. I think as women we feel so inadequate because we are spending too much time looking at ourselves and our circumstances and not our all-powerful all-knowing God. And let me tell you something. Our God can do so much more with a little than we could ever do with a lot. I don’t care what your portion looks like today Beloved, I don’t care how small or big it is, do not lose sight of where your provision comes from, do not lose sight of your Provider. Because as long as your God is enough you will always have and be and do enough.
Let’s keep this conversation going Beloved! Comment and and let me know what types of pressures make you feel not enough and and how has God filled those voids in your life? I cannot wait to hear from you.
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