Meal time

Elijah walked to Zaraphath and found the old women just as God had told him.

“For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.’ “ 1Ki 17:9 -14

The prophet asked her for food from her scant supply and when she obeyed she found that her jar of meal never ran out. If Elijah was like us, it is easy to imagine him praying earnestly before every meal time and maybe for a few weeks he’d join the widow in the kitchen for the prayer meeting. The jar kept on producing so perhaps after four months Elijah just prays for it from his chair and after nine months he just yells down stairs to ask when dinner will be ready!

After he’d been there about a year, the widow’s son died and in her grief she blamed Elijah for bringing trouble upon her.  Elijah rises to face the problem. The new challenge and change in his circumstances required a new level of faith and action.

God was not dreaming up things on a whim to turn Elijah’s life upside down, but God knows change is necessary if there is going to be increase. To prepare Elijah for his tomorrow, he has to be changed and increased today.  God is not just creating circumstances he is creating a man.  He doesn’t just change situations; he is changing people. He was making a man of God who could pray down a revival, confront kings and turn back nations. A man who could pray earnestly and see the heaven opened over his land; a man who was given to prayer and the word of the Lord, though he was a man of like passions to us.

Friend, God is not trying to enlarge our difficulties but he is seeking to enlarge us.  God was growing Elijah and He’s growing you for your tomorrow.


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