Daily Devotion for June 12, 2017
1 Kings 17:8-16 NLT
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!”
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.
There is a portion of Scripture I'm particularly fond of in the Old Testament—1 Kings 17 through 1 Kings 19. I like these chapters because they reveal so much about God—they reveal His power and His complete control, but they also demonstrate His personal love and care. These chapters reveal so much (and comfort me so much!) as I consider the way God reveals Himself through the life of his prophet Elijah. Specifically...
God revealed Himself as the One in control when He announced—through Elijah—that the (wicked) land would have no rain (1 Kings 17:1)...and it didn't rain for three and one half years (God made it rain again in 1 Kings 18:1). I'm so comforted by that—and in awe—my God is the One in control!
When God sent fire down from heaven to devour a soaking wet sacrifice...and to devour the wood, the stones, and even the dust (1 Kings 18:19-40)--He revealed Himself as the One true God—the ALL-POWERFUL God! There is no one better for us to depend on and trust!
God also revealed His way of perfectly taking care of those living for Him when He sends Elijah to a safe place (away from the wicked king). At the safe place, Elijah was fed by ravens and he drank water from a brook (1 Kings 17:2-6). I'm so comforted by that, folks! As I choose to live for my God, I can be assured that my God will also perfectly provide for me!
God continued to reveal His loving care for those doing as He “instructed” when He sent Elijah to a destitute widow in a foreign country. As they both followed the Lord's instructions, there was always “enough food for” her, for her son, and for the prophet (1 Kings 17:8-16). From this we can gather that our God will give us what we need as we trust and obey!
God revealed His tender love and care for His servants when He sent an angel to minister to one scared, lonely, worn-out man of God, and when He personally and patiently listened to Elijah vent his frustrations. Then He comforted Him with His Word of instruction and with help (1 Kings 19:1-18). This reminds me that God understands how frail and weak I am—and still loves me! As I stay on His track for me (even when I feel tired, worn out, and scared), He will give me comfort, guidance (through His Word and Spirit), and help!
Heavenly Father, thank You for letting us Believers see YOU better through Your workings and dealings with Elijah: You are the One in control! You are THE all-powerful God—working out all things according to Your plan! You provide for our needs as we trust and obey You...thank You Lord! We ask to be comforted by Your Word, and to trust/obey You more—despite how we feel, despite our circumstances—as You provide us with the comfort, guidance, and help we need through Your Word, Your Spirit, and Your people!
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