And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear, go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first…” 1 Kings 17:13
The widow glanced at all she had left: a handful of flour and a little oil. As she went outside to gather sticks for her and her son's last meal, she was preparing herself for the end. When she met the prophet Elijah and he requested water and bread, she explained her situation.
Elijah encouraged her to look beyond her circumstances to God's provision. As she prepared Elijah's meal that day and each day that followed, she had a choice to either trust God's provision or to protect the little she had.
When God prompts us to serve, it's easy to focus on our resources instead of His. It's easy to list our lack of resources as an excuse or to mistakenly take the glory for ourselves when we have the resources. We forget that everything we have comes from God. Elijah asked the widow to set aside fear and to serve based on the God she was serving.
God is powerful and all glory belongs to Him. He changes circumstances and redeems even the darkest of circumstances. In the midst of situations the world sees as hopeless, we can cling to Elijah's words, “Do not fear.”
“If your life is an example of glorifying God, others won't see your good works and glorify YOU, because they'll know what you are doing is for God's glory” Charles Swindoll
Last summer a series of solar flares disrupted air traffic over the North Pole. The solar eruptions, described as “huge expulsions of magnetic field and plasma,” shot from an area near the center of the sun’s disc. Scientists feared they were strong enough to touch off geomagnetic storms on earth. Airlines rerouted flights between America and Asia to avoid disturbances to the planes’ GPS systems.
Most of us have traded in our folded maps for GPS devices, but we know they aren’t perfect. Sometimes they lead us down the wrong road, and occasionally they stop working altogether. But God’s guidance system is nonstop and never failing. He continually guides His children.
The Bible says that when we offer ourselves as living sacrifices, refuse to be conformed to this world, and are transformed by the renewing of our minds, we will prove what is “that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2). As we trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not to our own understanding, and we acknowledge Him in all our ways—He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6, paraphrase).
One of the greatest and most precious privileges of the believer is to have the guidance of God at every turn of life. Reuben Archer Torrey, in The Voice of God in the Present Hour