All Elijah asked of the woman was a small meal. No big deal….except for they were living in the midst of a three year drought and the woman had just enough flour and oil to make a meal for her and her son.
Maybe she could eat sparingly and then pass on the leftovers…surely that would be acceptable.
But it wasn’t. Elijah wanted the first serving.
At first glance you’re probably thinking “really Elijah? This is her and her son’s last meal…”
But in reality Elijah was opening up the door for her and her son to be blessed in the future. And by specifically asking for the first portion of the meal he was closing the door to a greater temptation to deny him.
The woman gave Elijah the first serving and was blessed with plenty of food from that day forward, just as Elijah had said.
God comes to you seeking the best and In return you’ll receive blessings. So will you deny yourself and give to Him or will you take care of your needs first and give God what is leftover?