Updated on January 6, 2014
Chronological Bible: May 24, Giving the last bit, receiving abundantly more…
- 1 Kings 17:1-19:21
“And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.” –1 Kings 17:12-17, ESV
What if I am not enough? This question, poised on the lips of so many people, speaks volumes to the human existence, to our innate understanding that we need something bigger than us, and to our underlying fear that we will run out of good enough. As a writer, I wonder if the ideas will stop flowing. If the well will dry. It has not happened yet, but it serves as an insideous serpent slithering through my thoughts as i put pen to paper and research yet another study.
I see it in colleagues, in friends. The fear that we will run out of good enough. This passage speaks of food provisions. It also speaks of the bounty of God. Beyond providing flour and oil, He provides so much more than we will ever need to fulfill the call He gives. He called the widow to feed Elijah. So she did with the last of everything she had. In return, the Lord heaped on her so much more.
What is your call? When you feel almost completely spent, remember the widow and her son. Remember the flour that kept coming and the oil that continued to flow until the rains came to provide in a different way. Remember she was down to nothing. And God filled her up. Give what you have, however little you have, to fulfill the call of God on your life. His storehouse holds plenty; trust His provision to give you more.