Thursday, May 21, 2009

No Bread!

8Then the word of the LORD came to him, 9"Arise, go to Zerephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you." 10So he arose and went to Zeraphath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, "Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink." 11And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, "Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand." 12And 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." 13And 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. 14For 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.'" 15And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 16The 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 17:8-16, English Standard Version

No Bread!

This is one of my favorite Bible stories, and it is one we should heed today! There was famine in the land; Elijah, a prophet of God, approached a widow and asked her to give him bread. She replied that she only had enough flour and enough oil to make one more loaf of bread to feed her and her son, and then they would die.

Few of us really know the desperation of starvation. This woman was in desperate circumstances! Elijah asked the unthinkable. Feed me first, and then make bread for you and your son. God will provide flour and oil for you until the famine has ended.

What would you do? How strong is your faith in God? Would you trust a man coming to your door with such a message?

In remarkable circumstances we often see remarkable faith; faith such as was demonstrated by this poor widow. She did as Elijah asked, and true to His Word, God caused the flour and oil to never run out until the famine was ended.

Think about it! Are we really in any less desperate circumstances today? Do we have bread to eat? Oh, we may have physical bread, but will that sustain us until our spiritual famine is ended? The world is dying, spiritually all around us! In our schools here in the USA, any religion or god is accepted accept the only true and living God. We are producing godless children who run after anything that will please them for the moment.

What about you? Do you have bread? It is available in the Word of God! Jesus Christ told us that He is the bread of life; with Jesus in our hearts and lives we will never hunger or thirst again!

No Bread! Think of that as you go about the duties of this day.

God Bless You,
Linda

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