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One Person Away

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"Then the Lord said to Elijah, ‘Now go to the town of Zarephath, near Sidon, and stay there. I have commanded a widow there to feed you.’" 1 Kings 17:8-9

Because of sin in the land during the reign of wicked King Ahab, Elijah reached out his hand and shut up the heavens so that it would not rain. As a result a severe famine spread across the land and people began to starve. For a while Elijah lived near a brook and God commanded ravens to bring him food. It was after the brook dried up that God gave the instruction in our text for today.

God told Elijah that He had commanded a widow in Zarephath to provide for him, but when he arrived there it was obvious that she was unaware of it. Elijah asked her for a drink of water and a piece of bread, but she told him that she had only enough flour for a meal for herself and her son, then she was expecting to lay down and die from starvation. It must have surprised her when Elijah told her to make him some bread first and promised that her jar of flour and oil would never run out.

The woman was a Gentile and a pagan, not an Israelite and was a stranger to the God of Israel. Nevertheless, she did as Elijah asked and the jar never became empty. She also provided a room for Elijah during this period. God could have provided for His prophet without the aid of this widow, but He chose to use a person. Elijah learned that he was only one person away from what he needed to survive the famine.

One day the widow’s son suddenly fell dead. When the poor woman cried to Elijah, he laid the boy on his bed and prayed for God to restore life to his body. After entreating the Lord three times breath came back into him. The woman rejoiced and learned that she was only one person away from the miracle that she needed.

God provides through people. We are called to bless others and receive blessings from others. There is always a person who needs what you can provide, and there is always a person who has what you need. The Bible teaches that we reap what we sow -we get what we give. If we sow blessings we will reap blessings. When we give to the poor we are giving to God and He will repay.




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