In 1 Kings 17:1-16, we read about the mighty man of God, Elijah who proclaimed a
drought. We also learn about the widow woman of Zarephath. The drought was on and
Elijah was right in the middle of it. The way Elijah approached the need was
commendable. He did not give room to any hasty decisions or any kind of anxiety, but
allowed the Lord to show him the way.
1 Kings 17:2-4 says, Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Get away from here
and turn eastward, and hide by the Book Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it
will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed
you there.” Hearing God’s word and obeying God are like “q” and “u” in the English
language. To walk in the blessing of God, you need to walk in obedience. James 5: 17
says, “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly …” Elijah was
not a superman but an ordinary man. His prayers were not merely lip service but they
Here are a few lessons to learn from the prophet Elijah and the widow woman:
1. Elijah did according to the word of the Lord:
1 Kings 17:5 says, “So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went
and stayed by the Book Cherith which flows into the Jordon. When you compare verse
3 and 5, we see nothing but absolute obedience. I strongly believe that if Elijah had gone
any other place other than the one God wanted him to go, he would have missed out on
God’s provision for him at the time of his great need. It is so important to trust and obey
God at all times especially in the times of crisis. In the time of famine, it was imperative
for Elijah to follow God’s instructions. God prepares a place for us first and then takes
us there. As God’s people, we cannot be all over the place and still expect God to provide.
We cannot hit, skip and miss in our life. We cannot be a little here and a little there.
We need to position ourselves in a place to receive.
2. God chooses unique channels:
In 1 Kings 17: 1- 7 we read about how God provided for Elijah by commanding the
ravens. Ravens can be compared to the North American Buzzard or vulture. Ravens are
scavenging birds and they are basically takers. They are never categorized as givers. It
is hard to even imagine how the ravens gave Elijah morning and evening. God chooses
unimaginable channels to bless His servants. God provided food and water to Elijah
every single day. When the book dried up, Elijah would have thought, ‘Am I in the right
place? The brook has dried up, now what do I do.?’ Have you been in that place? Do
not worry. As long as you are in God’s plan, you are good. Dearly beloved, the steps of
a good man are ordered by the Lord. God leads us step by step. In vs 8 – 16. God
commanded an unnamed widow woman of Zarephath. God could have used a wealthy
man in that place. But God’s ways are not like man’s ways. God’s ways are different
and they are unique. The widow woman said that she was gathering a couple of sticks,
so that she might go home and prepare a meal for herself and her son, that they might
eat it, and die. Elijah discovers that the widow is an unlikely source of any kind of
hospitality. In fact, the woman was so short on her food supply that she is preparing for
her own death. Yet, God has a plan for the man of God. God had already laid out the
blue print to meet the need of the man of God and also the widow woman. What about
our needs? If God has numbered the hair in our head, he knows what we need even
before we ask him. Do not worry! God knows the end from the beginning and he knows
what He is doing. Our job is to just follow the command.
3. Putting God first takes care of the rest:
In 1 Kings 17: 13, the woman obeyed what the man of God instructed. In Vs. 16 God’s
word says, “The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to
the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah. Hallelujah! The flour and oil started
multiplying and it did not run out. This is what God can do. If we do what we can do,
God will do what we cannot do. If we do what is possible for us, God will do the
impossible. There is a difference between the ones who obey and the one that don’t.
If we are willing and obedient, we will eat the good of this land. God can bless us with
abundance even in the midst of scarcity. God can turn any level of poverty into
prosperity. God will add all the other blessings to our life when we put God first. Elijah’s
motive in seeking God for provision was so that he could fulfill his divine mandate and
destiny as a prophet of the most High God. If God has given you a vision, the provision
will come. Surely goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life. Proverbs
3: 9 says, “Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your
increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new
wine.” Matthew 6: 33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness
and all these things shall be added to you.” Would you put God first in your life?
May you see God’s abundant provision in Jesus’ name!