Obey His Instruction

Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”
So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, “Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?” As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.”
But she said, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.”
But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”
— 1 Kings 17:8-14

 

Most people will read this scripture and feel bad for that widow. It was she and her son in the middle of a famine with one last meal. She had no one to look after her. He husband was dead. So, naturally one would sympathize with her troubles. BUT read the scriptures again. The Bible says in verse nine “I have instructed a widow there to feed you.” 

God instructed that woman to feed Elijah! Elijah wasn’t picking out some random person. God directed Elijah to that widow because God had given her instructions to obey. If God gave her instructions to feed the prophet, why did she try denying him of food? Isn’t it easy to make excuses when God instructs us to do something? Your mind will race with reasons to not follow through. To the natural mind, the reasons will be valid and justifiable. What would have happened if that widow disobeyed? 

Notice when he asked for a drink she said nothing. It was only when he asked for food that it struck a nerve. The food is what meant something to her. When God instructed that widow to give up her food, there was a reason why! 1 Kings 17:15-16 says, “ So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.” The reason for obedience is alway for blessings.

God will never direct you to give sacrificially without pouring out a blessing over your life. They were SUPERNATURALLY sustained in famine. Her grandiose plan was to eat the little she had left and then…die. God’s plan was for life abundant! Remember that the next time God gives you instruction. Whether it’s to sow a sacrificial financial seed or to follow through on something He’s told you to do. DON’T FEAR! Don’t think lack! Don’t think death! Don’t think failure! Obey God’s instructions and be supernaturally sustained! In Jesus name!