Not by Bread Alone: A 31-Day series

Day fourteen: Just as God had promised

“There was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.” 1 Kings 17:15-16

October is pastor appreciation month.

In Octobers past, Jason and I have been given some things that made us feel very much appreciated. Hand-written cards from teenagers who loved that we cared about them. Banquets where the church honored the staff members and their families. Gift cards to Andy’s and Starbucks.

But I can’t imagine that any gift that anyone could ever give to their pastor would overshadow what this woman did for the man of God.

Elijah was one of very few prophets who served the one true God. Because of Israel’s disobedience, God had sent a drought on the land. And then he led Elijah into the wilderness to a small stream where birds brought him food every morning and night.

But eventually, even the brook dried up, and Elijah needed food and water. So God sent him to a nearby town. The woman he asked to feed him was every bit as desperate as Elijah was – perhaps more so, because she had not experienced his miraculous provision for the past several months as Elijah had. All she had left was enough for one more meal for herself and her son, and then she had every expectation that they would both starve to death.

Still, she welcomed Elijah into her home. She fed him with what little she had.

God took care of the rest.

Scripture doesn’t say how long this period of time lasted, but for weeks or maybe months, she always had a little bit of oil and little bit of flour – enough for the next meal. Her supplies never ran out.

What would you do if Jason and I showed up at your house tomorrow night, and asked you to feed us dinner? You would probably consider it an imposition, and I wouldn’t blame you. But would you do it?

What if you only had enough food in your house for your family? And payday was so far away you weren’t sure if you’d eat the next night or the next?

Would you welcome us in then?

Would you be willing to do as the widow in Zarephath did? Would you feed others even if your own need was great? Would you obey God and trust him to work out the details? Would you believe the word of a prophet over your own reasoning?

I hope you would. I hope I would, too.

Let’s make a point today to be generous with what we have, no matter how little or much that may be.

 “Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1-2

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This post is part of a 31-day series. A list of all the other posts in this series can be found here.

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