Do you know that wonderful story of the prophet Elijah and the widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:8-16). There was a drought in the land, food and water were scarce. A woman who had lost her husband and was raising a little boy alone was down to her last portion of oil and flour. She told Elijah that after making her last meal, she and her little boy would lie down and wait for death. Can you imagine being in such a situation, having to watch your child die of hunger before your very eyes? But God, in His beautiful mercy, had a plan for this woman and her boy. Not only did he supernaturally provide for her and her son throughout the drought, but also for Elijah. If you read further you will also see that God, through Elijah, resurrected her son back to life. What an amazing God!
At one moment you can be preparing yourself for death and the next moment, the power of God can invade your life in a mighty way. These are the moments where heaven touches earth.
I am pretty sure that the widow was not the only one in the land who faced death at around this time. Let’s examine what brought about this miracle to her household.
Firstly I would say that God had a plan. God had a plan to provide for Elijah the prophet after the brook Cherith dried up. The widow then became the medium that God used to take care of Elijah. She on the other hand didn’t even know that she was part of God’s plan, even though God said “I have commanded a widow…”. She was too busy making preparations for her last meal.
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you
1 Kings 17: 8,9
You don’t always know for what God is going to use you or even where He is going to use you. But just remember that God is working in the background for the good of those who love Him Rom 8:28. God hasn’t forgotten you.
Secondly, it was the widow’s faith that opened up the gateways of heaven over her home, so that the flour and oil did not run out. As she was about to prepare her last meal, a strange man approached her and asked her to not only share the little that she had, but also that she give him the first portion before she made something for herself and her son. It took an incredible amount of faith for this woman to do this in face of her circumstances…and look at how God rewarded her.
„Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. “
Proverbs 3: 9-10
By faith, a widow threatened with the possibility of losing her two sons to slavery because of unpaid debt, obeyed the prophet Elisha and borrowed vessels from her neighbours. God supernaturally kept the oil flowing out of a small jar, and the Bible says the oil did not stop flowing until all the empty vessels were full (2 Kings 4: 1-7).
Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish and fed over 5 thousand people.
There is a pattern here; God can take a small amount that already exists and multiply it abundantly. Our God is a God of multiplication!! I want to encourage you, whatever you have right now in your possession, that little bit that you have, have faith in God that He will increase it supernaturally. If you are sick, have faith for an increase in your healthy cells, if you are struggling financially, have faith in Gods provision and in Him multiplying that little amount in your bank account. Jesus said;
I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].
You are a beloved child of God. The life of supernatural provision is for you and your family. Step into your abundant life today!