Updated: Apr 2, 2022
1 Kings 17:7-13, 16
Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath
7 Sometime later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 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?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
12 “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.”
13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But make me a small cake from it first from what you have, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.
16 The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, in accordance with the word of the Lord which He spoke through Elijah.
Flour... Oil... 2 Sticks... This is all she had, that was a reflection of where she was in the time of famine. She had nothing more left, and no expectation of any elsewhere, and the famine strong in the land; so that she could look for nothing but death after this was eaten. But she said, "...as the Lord thy God liveth." Which shows her to be a good woman, swearing by the living God, and him only, and that she recognized the prophet Elijah to be a good man of God. The flour, oil, and sticks severely tested Elijah, and the woman's faith by the supplies being exhausted and that she was preparing her last meal for herself and son. She trusted that this man Elijah was from God. In her obedience to a cake baked in hot ashes with the little she had, God expanded the cake into a full meal for the woman, her son, and Elijah. The miracle that God can do with the flour, oil & two sticks is the miracle that God can do in your life. The flour, oil & sticks were the ingredient objects to activate faith.
When we take our little and make them the objects of our faith, in our obedience to trust God, standing firm to say I will bake you a cake Lord with all I have. I believe God in this. I believe God in my family. I believe God is going to turn my life around. I believe God for my victory. I believe God is on my side. I believe God is going to save, heal and deliver. I believe God is going to bring unity where there is disunity. I believe You God to save souls. I believe You God for the manifestation of Your Holy gifts to activate and function beyond our carnal ability. I believe You God for my miracle. When you believe in God the impossible becomes possible. I believe God and His Glory!
Father, we say "Yes" to you! Take our flour, oil, and two sticks and make a cake that is eternal Lord. The Cake of our miracle by Your love. The cake that restores everything the famine disintegrated. Let these dry brooks become rivers of living water by Your word! We fix our gaze toward You and Your Kingdom! In Jesus Name, Amen.
Matthew 4:4 ESV
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NLT)
“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”