7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 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?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” 12 “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.” 13 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. 14 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 Lordsends rain on the land.’” 15 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. 16 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.
You may know about electric power, nuclear power, solar power, and even political power. But have you ever heard of FLOUR POWER? When you experience it, you'll never be the same.
When the Lord sent the prophet Elijah to a widow, both of them were in rough shape. She had lost her husband—likely because of the pervasive famine in her land. And she was now a single mom raising a boy all on her own. No job, no money, and almost out of food.
As for Elijah, he was in exile. He had been living near a brook and God had been sending him food via some ravens. But the brook went dry and God said, “hit the road.” And quite a road it was. He had to travel right through the heart of Queen Jezebel’s homeland for about 100 miles.
But Elijah, a man of great prayer and faith, was following God’s plan. The Lord had prepared that same destitute widow to feed him.
Only problem was that she had only enough flour for one last pre-starvation meal. But when she met Elijah, she discovered FLOUR POWER. Somehow, some way, God fixed things so that they always ate well. In fact, they probably had more than 2,000 meals made with FLOUR POWER.
And here’s the cool thing—God wants all of us to experience FLOUR POWER!
When was the last time I was really desperate and I prayed and God came through?
If I am willing to trust God with my soul, why is it so hard to trust him with my stuff?
What does it mean to be a “cheerful” giver?