Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
1 Kings 17:8-9 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
1 Kings 17:8–9 (NIV) — 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”
1 Kings 17:8–9 (NLT) — 8 Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”
Thoughts of Devotion:
God never leaves us in times of need, on the contrary his provision always comes to us when we most need it. We may ask ourselves, where will my provision come from? How will I go forward? It is in these moments when God places the means for his provision to come to our lives. He never fails! He will surely provide, even though his means of provision don’t always make sense, they are illogical, outside of human logic. In this occasion God chose a poor widow to feed the prophet.
Let’s think about the order that God gave the prophet, his order was simple, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” (V.9) In this occasion, the prophet Elijah could have said, how will a poor widow provide for me? But, we see that he had to learn to depend completely on God. Elijah trusted in Gods direction, that it would be The Lord that would guide his foot steps to provision, even when he didn’t completely understand! We must learn to obey God today, even when things seem irrational.
There will be moments when things won’t seem to make sense, it may even seem crazy to some to keep trusting God. But let’s not forget that it’s those moments, when in obedience we experience Gods supernatural provision. To be able to witness the great care and direct provision of God in our need. 1 Kings 17:15-16 the story ends declaring that the widow, “did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.” Let’s never forget that Gods means of provision are always better, we must only depend on Him and obey his Word!
Luke 4:25 (NKJV) — 25 But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land;
Luke 4:26 (NKJV) — 26 but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
Isaiah 54:10 (NKJV) — 10 For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
Matthew 19:26 (NKJV) — 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
James 5:17-18 (NKJV) 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
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