Yesterday, I started talking about the importance of being in the right place for your life and destiny as a child of God. I pointed out that because of the blessing of God upon your life, you could actually be anywhere and do whatever you wish and be okay.
However, if you want to live the extraordinary life God has designed for you, it has to be on His terms. We also saw how that the moment the famine set in during Elijah’s days in Gilead, God spoke to him and directed him to a brook where a bird had received a command to bring him food daily.
So today, we want to look further at that account because somewhere along the line, the brook dried up and God changed His plan for the prophet.
The next thing we are told is that God sends the prophet to the house of a certain widow. Interestingly, the Lord uses the same expression as before, saying He has commanded the woman to sustain him. The word command used in that portion of scripture means to “set in order, put, give a charge, enjoin or appoint”
Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. (1 Kings 17:9)
One would quickly assume that the woman must be a rich woman or someone who had a lot of savings over the years that could last her and her household for the period of the famine but that was not the case.
The Lord sent the prophet to a widow who had NOTHING! In fact, when he met her, she was gathering sticks to make her last portion of meal so she and her son can eat and then starve to death.
Though she didn’t have much to offer, she had been put there, given a charge and appointed to sustain the prophet.
Just maybe the reason for the limitations you have experience in your life is that you try to measure your life by what you have right now. Maybe you short-sightedness or inability to see beyond the immediate has been your problem dear.
You see, your current resources or circumstance are not a sure proof of what God has appointed you to be or accomplish. In fact, in most cases, God will always call you to be and do much more than your resource can permit.
So He appoints this woman who was getting ready to eat and die to sustain the man of God as a means to connect her to the supernatural and extend her life!
Here are a few things I want you to note from here:
1) The woman was down to her last and needed a supernatural intervention in the ordinary course of nature. So God wasn’t sending the prophet to collect from her, but to be a blessing to her.
2) The prophet had something that could change the woman’s lot and that was why God sent him there not because he was hungry because God had demonstrated that He could take care of Elijah without human intervention earlier.
3) The woman needed to connect with what the prophet had by her giving.
Now, if the prophet had stayed back at the brook in Cherith, God will not be responsible for his sustenance moving forward. And on the other hand, if the woman who God had commanded to sustain the prophet was too engrossed in her predicament that she wouldn’t even lend a helping hand to someone in need, she would have died after that last meal!
The lesson is that divine direction includes both knowing where God wants you to function and what He wants you to do there. For the prophet, it was a matter of his location, but for the widow, it was a matter of action.
My prayer for you today is that God will work in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. I pray He helps you to recognize the place of your calling and the assignment that He has for you there. And that as you discover, you are empowered to move and act in Jesus name.
I will hear of your testimonies in Jesus mighty name.