Hello My Name Is (Week 5) – Widow of Zarephath
How are we half way through this series already!!! It will be Christmas before we know it….
So this week we carried on looking at the Widow of Zarephath, after we learnt about her sad circumstances last week and her opinion towards God in regards to them. This week we were meditating and thinking over the following verse:
“She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.” 1 Kings 17:15-16
God Can Reach You When You Will Try Anything
When talking about this woman this week, I realised that although she was at the end of herself, resigning herself to death and the death of her son, that hope hadn’t gone. It was buried very deep and appeared that she was hopeless when speaking to Elijah, but even in that moment she still had a small amount of hope. Because she was willing to try what Elijah said. When you are willing to try and give something one last chance before giving up, then God can reach you. When you are willing to trust something that seems completely impossible then God will step up and deliver. It’s hard to understand really, but sometimes you have to reach rock bottom before you are willing to let God in. That is where this woman was, and God certainly delivered for her – oil and flour refills for as long as she needed it.
When did the miracle become real for her?
I wonder at what point she started to believe that God was providing for her and cared about her? As I stepped into her shoes I felt a disbelief and confusion. I imagined that she had tried everything she possibly could to take care of herself and her son. That she had begged everyone she knew for food, shelter, protection, and had been turned away from all human solutions to this problem. My big question this week was, was this enough? Would this miracle have proven to her that God was real? How many people do we know that have asked for a sign from God and yet still doubted when He answered? Are we willing to trust without a miracle like this? That is what Jesus asks of us – that we believe without seeing. That we trust what is written in the scriptures happened and that God cares about us in the same way, without needing proof or evidence before our very eyes.
What about when miracles happen everyday?
Like with the manna in the desert, this miracle was one that kept going until she was out of the woods. What happens when God provides in a small way everyday? Do you think she kept being thankful, or did she forget where that provision was coming from? I know I easily forget. God provides everything I need day in and day out and yet it becomes the norm, part of the furniture, and it ceases to amaze me. Yet I should give thanks everyday. Let us not become complacent with the everyday miracles in our own lives. This is one of the reasons I think this woman was included – she reminds us of what we have everyday.
Well, this verse seems to have tied everything up in a nice happy package – in a way it would be great to leave the story of this widow and move on to someone else. But there is another part to the story that we need to think on. So next week we will be meditating on this verse:
“Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” 1 Kings 17:17-18
I hope you’ll join me tomorrow night at 9pm for a first look at this verse together at the Facebook Live discussion. I am praying for all of us to be really open and vulnerable about times when we have felt like this woman, so we can deal with them and move forward in our faith.
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