And as she was going to bring it, he [Elijah the Prophet] called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 1Kings 17:11-12
God told Elijah that He had commanded a widow to feed him. Elijah saw a widow and asked her to do just that. How did she respond? Not very graciously. She says “as your Lord God lives” – implying He was not going to do her any favors. She was relying on her own feeble ability to feed herself and her son during this terrible drought, and yet knew that she could not do that much longer. She was all out of hope. And, I think she might have been a little peeved that God was commanding her to feed this man out of the little she had left. Certainly she was desperate.
Are you in a drought right now? Perhaps you are in one physically as parts of Texas are- one of the worst in generations. Maybe you are in one economically. The money is almost gone and there are no job opportunities on the horizon. Perhaps you are in a relationship that has seemed to have dried up and you are tired of trying to make it work. Maybe you are in a spiritual drought and the Words you read or the prayers your pray seem empty and void. Maybe like the widow you cry – “hey, tell your God to help me out here.” Or maybe you just want to cry, period.
Go ahead. God hears. He heard the widow and through Elijah’s faith, He took care of them all. The woman took part of the little handful she had and did what God had told her to do with it, reluctantly and complaining about it, but she obeyed. If you do the same, just dedicate what you can out of what you’ve got left clasped tightly in your hand, God will provide. He will send you Elijahs along the way to make it easier. He will nourish you through the droughts in you life if you just hang in there, and make the effort. Go ahead- test Him. Again and again He will prove He is a God who keeps His promises. Just take the last bit of flour and oil, the last ounce of faith or the last penny in your pocket and do what He commands. Then watch Him work wonders with it. The widow is a testimony to it. So was the little boy with a fish and a few loaves. So have I through the droughts in my life, physical, emotional and economical. And if you think back on it, so probably have you. Go and be that testimony again. Open your hand and take His.
And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah. (vs 15-16)