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The Stranger At The Diner

  • Elijah said to her, Don't be afraid; go and do as you have said; but make me of it a little cake first, and bring it forth to me, and afterward make for you and for your son. For thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, The jar of meal shall not empty, neither shall the jar of oil 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 17:12'15 WEB.

    Once when a pastor/mentor of mine made his regular trip to the local diner to get food for his family, a strange man was outside the restaurant dressed in ragged clothes. Now, this was years ago in a small town in the country where everyone knew everyone else, Loris, South Carolina. Seeing strangers was a rare sight. The Pastor had never seen the man before, but when he got out of his car, the man asked him for money to buy something to eat with.

    The Pastor looked in his wallet and saw that he only had a twenty-dollar bill, just enough to buy the usual food for the family. As he started to close his wallet, he felt the Holy Spirit say: "You have your checkbook with you. You could buy the food with that." So he pulled out the twenty dollars and gave it to the stranger.

    The Pastor then went inside the diner to get his order, and when the food was ready, he went to write them a check for it. The owner was at the cash register, and he looked Pastor over slowly and said: "You're the one that pastors that church up there, ain't ya?" He waited a minute, waved his hand, and said: "There's no charge."

    The Pastor thanked him and left. He often visited the diner, as there were only a couple in town back then. The next time he ordered, it was the same thing: "No charge." That was now over twenty-five years ago, and his meals there have been free ever since.

    We have eaten there ourselves, and the Pastor was a dear friend of ours. The employees just wave him through the line. He doesn't even pull out his wallet anymore but just thanks them and takes the bag. Oh, he never saw the stranger in the ragged clothes again.

    Hebrews 13:2 reads: "Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it." I am not saying this particular man was an angel. Still, apparently, some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Abraham fed three strangers who came by his tent, and it turned out to be the Lord and two angels with Him (Genesis 18:1).

    Jesus told us: "For whoever will give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you are Christ's, most assuredly I tell you, he will in no way lose his reward" (Mark 9:41).

    Sometimes God sets up a little test for you. The widow in the opening verses had to make Elijah some food first, who to her was just another stranger in need. Jesus said, "Give, and it will be given to you."

    Action is first required on our part, then there is a reward. Of course, we don't have to give. That's our choice to make, and if we choose not to, God will just pick someone else to receive what He wanted to provide us with. Just know that God may place a stranger in front of you in need just to see what you will do about it. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me see people as You see them. Give me discernment, and speak to me clearly in a way that I understand. Guide my heart, and I will obey You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ 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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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

August 25, 2021
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, Thank you for Your Grace and Mercy. Guide me Lord always. Amen

August 25, 2021
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Greg Hall
Greg Hall

Amen, Thank You Pastor Dion for this wonderful message.

August 25, 2021
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

August 25, 2021
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,thank you Pastor Dion for the daily devotional.

August 25, 2021
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen praise God 

August 25, 2021
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

August 25, 2021
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

August 25, 2021
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen great words to live by pastor Dion, Do unto others as you want done unto you! Thank you Father for all your help and love

August 25, 2021
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

♥♥♥

August 25, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, please help me see people as You see them. Give me discernment, and speak to me clearly in a way that I understand. Guide my heart, and I will obey You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

August 25, 2021
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Robert Hayes
Robert Hayes

Excellent! ????

August 25, 2021
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Robert Hayes
Robert Hayes

Outstanding! Thank you!????

August 25, 2021
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

August 25, 2021
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen!

August 25, 2021
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for all Your miracles working in our lives, open our hearts and minds to see the world as You  see it. That Your word be in understandable way to follow it and do what You command, in Jesus Christ name we pray, Amen. 

Wonderful devotional Pastor, blessings to you and Sylvia, Amen. 

August 25, 2021
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God help me to be able to help. Amen

August 25, 2021
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

August 25, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

August 25, 2021
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! Wonderful message today! Thank you Pastor Dion and God bless you and sylvia!!

August 27, 2021