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Surviving A Famine

  • Elijah said to her, 'Don't be afraid. Go and do as you have said; but make me a little cake from it first, and bring it out to me, and afterward make some for you and for your son. For Yahweh, the God of Israel says, 'The jar of meal will not run out, and the jar of oil will not fail, until the day that Yahweh sends rain on the earth.' She went and did according to the saying of Elijah; and she, and he, and her house, ate many days. 1 Kings 17:14 WEB

    Because of a string of bad choices made by the leadership of Israel, Ahab and Jezebel, the entire land suffered drought and then famine. Those two seemed to honor any god around except for the Almighty God. As a result of that, it did not rain for years and the people could not plant crops in the dry dust, so a shortage of food followed.

    During this drought and famine, Elijah was sent to stay with a poor widow in Zarephath, who had only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in jar. She planned to make a small cake for her and her son's last meal, then they would starve to death together. While she was out gathering sticks to build a fire on which to cook their last meal, she met Elijah the prophet.

    What happened next is totally against what we think our God would do. Instead of God coming through at the last minute and miraculously providing food for the poor widow, He asked her to give Him something first, to share her last bit of food with a stranger. Would God really ask a poor, starving widow with no income to share the little that she had with someone else? Apparently so, because it is all about trusting Him to provide for us. None are exempt from 'Give and it will be given to you' not even the poor widow with two mites, nor the widow in this story.

    Elijah told her to first make him a small cake out of what she had, and then some for her and her son, because the bin of flour and the jug of oil would not run out until it rained on the earth. When she did as he asked, the little bit that she had fed them all for the next three years. The supply did not run out.

    Our God is a sustaining God and when trouble comes on the earth, He is more than able to take care of those that listen to His voice. He took care of Elijah and the widow even when the land that he lived in was undergoing judgment. Stay close to the Lord for He is able to sustain you during the hard times. It may not come in the form of something new, but it just may be that what you already have goes a lot further.

    The Lord has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self control (2 Timothy 1:7). Do not fear the circumstances that seem to engulf you. When the enemy shall come in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight (Isaiah 59:19 AMP).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I put my trust in You today. Please lead me and speak to me in a way that I understand. Help me to see the big picture and beyond my own circumstances. Thank You for providing for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presences and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!  Alleluia!! Amen!!  Our Father in Heaven never leaves or forsakes his children for his love is far beyond our comprehension!  What a wonderful blessing that is to have and to hold onto!

Jul 25
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God. Amen

Jul 25
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! Thank You Lord Jesus

Jul 25
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father, Thank You!

Jul 25
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen, Yahuah-Yareh!

Jul 25
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen, thank you Jesus,you’re awesome.

Jul 25
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! God told Paul His grace was sufficient for him in 2nd Co 12:9. In other words His grace would sustain him all his life. There would not be too much or to little. That is why Paul would be able to say he was happy no matter what his circumstances were.

Jul 25
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord!

Jul 25
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen!! I know this to be true. God has provided for my family through the toughest of times. God has always been and will always be my one true constant. Amen!!

Jul 25
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Sonia Dominguez
Sonia Dominguez

AMEN!!

Jul 28
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen  our God is  so very  loving he is my rock  !

Jul 25
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Lord,  Amen

Jul 25
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

Jul 25
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Oh Heavenly Father I thank You for Your love and care through our lives, lead and talk to us in a way we understand and follow Your designs. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. Glory be to Your Holy Name oh Lord.

Great devotional Pastor, God bless you. 

Jul 25
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Carol Pady
Carol Padyedited: Jul 25

In times of lack we must remember God's promises to provide and that it is impossible to please God without faith. Even if it is only teeny weeny mustard seed faith,it's enough to move mountains!

 

Jul 25
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jul 25
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

 

Thank you LORD for: "Lifting up Your standard ...", for putting Your hedge and shield round about me, my loved ones, and all the ones that I care about, thank You from the bottom of my heart!!! Praise Your holy Name!!!

Jul 25
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Sonia Dominguez
Sonia Dominguez

AMEN!!

Jul 25
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I am reminded of Deuteronomy 29:5 where the Israelites clothes and shoes did not wear out for the 40 years they wandered in the desert! God will always provide and sustain us. Thank You Father!!! Amen.

Jul 25
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Sonia Dominguez
Sonia Dominguez

AMEN!

Jul 25
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Sonia Dominguez
Sonia Dominguez

Thank u my Father! For everyday I look to u for ur provision’s.  And for words of encouragement! I will forever praise u! Because of his grace and mercy, but most of all his love! Is the reason that I’m still standing! My mustard seed of faith never fails me! Glory to God forever and ever! Amen!

Jul 25
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Jul 31
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

 AMEN

Aug 13