1 Kings 17: 8-16
8 And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.12 And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.14 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.
Blessed to bless
Putting the above passage in context, there was a famine in the Land which was proclaimed by God in response to the King's disobedience. Although we don't live in old testament times, many times our political leaders kindle the wrath of God by rejecting His laws and creating their own in contradiction to His word. This could lead to a financial famine in the land. There is always a lesson in the Bible passages applicable to the present days affairs. Returning to the passage above, Elijah the prophet was instructed to go to a town called Zarephath. Since Elijah was an obedient servant of the Lord, his needs were always supplied. The same can be said of us believers today. As long as we stay in obedience to God's word by our lifestyles, our needs will be supplied. Not only were Elijah's needs supplied, however the person who was chosen to bless Elijah was also blessed. It seems strange that God sent Elijah to a woman who was thinking she was cooking up her last supper. Stranger still that this woman was asked to give up the last morsel she had to the prophet of God. However God's ways are not our ways. As we give of our dire need to bless the household of God, not only does the prophet of God gets blessed, but the woman has an unending supply of flour and oil to tide her through the entire famine in the land. Similarly, for us today, as we give generously, out of our needs to bless the household of God, God provides for us supernaturally until our needs are supplied. Jesus talks about the woman who put in a mite (penny) in the offering, as being the most generous of all, since she gave her last penny and had nothing left. God is not trying to rob us off our last morsel of bread or the last cent in our bank accounts, however He is testing our reliance on Him. When God is our loving Father, we have no problem to trust Him to take care of us by supplying our every need. Giving becomes a way of life. Not that we don't plan for our future and live recklessly, however when we need anything we can go to our Father who supplies all our needs. In closing, in the words of Jesus "Give and it shall be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, will men give unto your bosom" Amen