Perhaps it’s just me but I think it would be hard to do what Elijah did.
I think it would be hard to ask the Widow of Zarephath to feed me first.
Feed me before you feed your son or yourself.
I just think that was not an easy request to make.
I think he had to have a sure Word from The LORD to come up with such a thought as that!
You see I think speaking the Truth of GOD to the people of the world can look like hate to them.
But he was not talking to a woman of the world, he was talking to a woman who believed GOD.
What do you think?
She cooked what looked to be the last of her meal and her oil, but it wasn’t.
The Bible tells us
15 She went and acted according to what Eliyahu had said; and she, he and her household had food to eat for a long time.
16 The pot of meal did not get used up, nor did there fail to be oil in the jug, in fulfillment of the word of Adonai spoken through Eliyahu.
Would you think with me how amazing this is?
This Widow from Zarephath likely did not have her own set of Old Testament Scrolls and neither did she have the indwelling Holy Spirit but she obeyed GOD in the face of not only her death but the death of her son.
I have to ask — what excuse do we have for disobedience?
But I can’t leave us here just yet; one more thing.
Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of GOD.
Do you know that Scripture? Romans 10:17
It worked that way in Zarephath too.
Here’s how I know.
13 Eliyahu said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go; and do what you said; but first, use a little of it to make me a small loaf of bread; and bring it out to me. After that, make food for yourself and your son.
14 For this is what Adonai the God of Isra’el, says: ‘The pot of meal will not get used up, nor will there fail to be oil in the jug, until the day Adonai sends rain down on the land.’”
Faith (trust) cometh by hearing and hearing by the WORD of GOD.
He spoke the WORD of GOD to her; she heard and she acted in faith – she trusted the WORD of GOD she heard.
So I have to ask again.
What excuse do we have?