(part 3 of 4); see waiting and acting if you need to catch up
(The creek has dried up and God has told Elijah to move on to another town where a widow has been instructed to give him food).
1 Kings 17:10-13 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
(I underlined key points of above passage relative to my situation).
The widow had a choice. She could believe Elijah and share her last bit of food with him or she could hoard her possessions, realizing that was all she had left for she and her son. She chose to share, not knowing the outcome. She acted on faith.
1 Kings 17:15-16 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.
Even if I have less than before and the possibility of not getting anything more, there is still someone worse off than me. God wants me to share what I have with others who are in need and he will be faithful and meet my needs, though I might not know how he will chose to do so. If he lays it upon my heart to help someone, I need to act in faith and do so.
Lord help me to be generous with all I have.
(finale tomorrow where it all ties together; thanks for sticking with me this far :)