The stream Elijah had been drinking from dried up and the ravens that brought him food every day stopped coming. When that happens God's trying to get your attention! He's getting you ready to move. Next God sent Elijah to an impoverished widow in the town of Zarephath, assuring him that she'd feed him. That must have been difficult for a leader who was used to ministering to others. Elijah found the widow in the middle of a famine, cooking one last meal for herself and her son. Nevertheless he challenged her to obey God, promising, "The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth." (v. 14). What gave Elijah the faith to say that? Because he'd proven God's faithfulness in his own life! You can only talk in faith when you walk in faith. And associating with people of faith is contagious; it builds your faith. That's what happened to this widow. She and her son may not have eaten a five-course meal every night, but God made sure that for the duration of the famine they had all they needed. So if you don't have everything you want right now, obey God with what He's given you and trust Him that when the time is right He'll send an increase. Notice also, the faith of both the widow and the prophet was tested. So whether you're a beginner or a seasoned believer, tests of faith will keep coming your way. is God directing you to your own personal Zarephath today? Don't argue! "Go at once," because His blessing hinges on your obedience.
"The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands." (Psalm 138:8)
Absolutely everything that concerns His children is under His control! What an amazing comfort! For He is faithful to accomplish every good work within His people. He will never forsake us, but He will hold us in His right hand forever!
Week #47 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Deuteronomy 7-9
Monday: (History) Ezra 6-10
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 134-136
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 9-10
Thursday: (Prophecy) Zechariah 9-14
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 17-18
Saturday: (Letters) 2 Peter