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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.

    After a string of bad choices made by King Ahab and Jezebel, the entire land of Israel suffered a drought, 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. The people could not plant crops in the dry dust, so a shortage of food followed.

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

    What happened next is totally against what we think our Lord would do. Instead of coming through at the last minute and miraculously providing food for the poor widow, He asked her to give Him something first. For her 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 she had with someone else? Apparently so. 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 humbly did as he asked, the little bit she had fed them all abundantly for the next three years. The supply did not run out.

    Our God is a sustaining God. When trouble comes on the earth, He is more than able to take care of those who listen to His voice. The Lord has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). So do not fear the circumstances, though they seem overwhelming.

    He took care of Elijah and the widow even when the land they lived in was undergoing judgment. Stay close to the Lord, for He can sustain you during the hard times. It may not come in the form of something new, but what you already have may go a lot further.

    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. Amen!

    Note: "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.' (John 5:14) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: Apr 24

Amen. My Faith and Trust is in the Lord. Thank You Heavenly Father. Amen

Apr 24
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen. We are living this right now as we trust Him to continue to provide for us during a time when so many are unemployed. My fiance has been laid off due to the pandemic since June 2020. His regular unemployment was exhausted and the extended pandemic unemployment is about to be done, but we remain calm and confident as the Lord has provided and will continue to provide. Thanks be to our loving Almighty God!!

Apr 24
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Praising God for Your testimony, Brenda, and praying with you and your fiance for God's provision. In Jesus' name, Amen

Apr 24
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you wonderful Jesus for all our provisions.We love you. Amen 

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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

AMEN, GOD! PROVIDES. Thank you Father GOD, for JESUS

Apr 24
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God for providing for us. I am truly grateful. Praise God Praise Jesus Amen 

Apr 24
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You for All of Your Blessings

Apr 24
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Thank you lord for all my blessings  in jesus name amen 

Apr 24
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for all Your blessings and protection, Amen!

Apr 24
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Thank you Father in Heaven for sustaining me each day with the gift of your love and compassion and for the sacrafice of your most precious and beautiful Son Jesus, in His most Holy and precious name I pray, Amen! Alleluia! Amen!!!

Apr 24
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Jesus for providing for me and my family we love and honor you with all we are and all we have 

Apr 24
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thank You Father Amen Good Morning Everyone 

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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: Apr 24

Oh my, God has been my Defender, Supplier in life...So many things & people have come against me and wanted to do me harm. The Lord though has supplied my needs. I just have to wait on Him to fix all this mess... Too many things need to be fixed. One day at a time...

 

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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Apr 24
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Cristy Herzberg
Cristy Herzberg

Yes indeed ; It is all about trusting Him to provide for us.  Thank you 

Apr 24
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Apr 24
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! Thank you once again for this awesome message today! God is more than able to provide what we need at all times, if we only will believe!

 

Apr 24
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Apr 24