I Kings 17:8-16
A widowed woman was facing a trying time. She was the sole provider for herself and her son. And she was living in a drought. She was down to the end of her supply. She had gathered two sticks and was going home to make the last meal.
On her way home she met Elijah, the man of God who had prophesied the drought. He asked her for some water. As she turned to go get it he also asked her to make him some food. She argued that she and her son were on the brink of death and that she had only enough ingredients for one last meal.
There was no way that the three of them could be sustained with the amount of food that was left. Elijah’s response: Don’t worry. Go on and make the meal. Just let me eat first then you and your son can eat. God will bless you for taking care of me. You’ll have enough ingredients to get you through the drought.
She did it. She went and made the meal and served Elijah first. And The Lord blessed her just as Elijah said He would.
Have you ever been in that place where the situation didn’t seem like it could get any worse just find out that it could? You had been asked to do the impossible and if you accepted the challenge you would be blessed. But everything in you was telling you to just go find your own way and you’d figure out the details later.
God sees the situations we are in. He knows how difficult they are for us. But, He, in His infinite wisdom, also sees an opportunity to strengthen us, to grow us. If we are willing to go along with His plan, no matter how outlandish it may seem, the blessings will flow.
The man that had been possessed by demons was freed of them by Jesus. People that walked by could see that a miracle had been performed. They also knew to give credit to our Lord because of where the man was found: at Jesus’ feet.
If we want people to be able to look at us and see Jesus’ hand upon our lives we need to be found at the feet of Jesus too. Talk with him, learn of him, stay in his presence.
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The people of the town mocked and laughed at Jarius and his wife. “Why,” they asked, “would Jesus devote time to your daughter?” “She is too far gone” they taunted.
Over five thousand people had gathered to hear Jesus teach. Lunch time had come and there wasn’t any food. Except for one boy. He had a lunch. He had food for himself only. But Jesus wanted to take it. The boy gave his lunch of two fishes and five loaves of bread. Jesus prayed over the lunch. Not only were the people given lunch but they had enough to eat until they were full. The disciples gathered the remaining food in twelve baskets.
The Lord could’ve taken the boy’s lunch and kept it for himself to eat. But he didn’t. He is Lord. Instead he took it and blessed the thousands there. But most importantly he blessed the boy who gave. He just didn’t bless the boy with a new lunch but he blessed him by allowing him to see how his seemingly small gesture turned into a miracle.
If Jesus asks you to give something up for him…give.