1 Kings 17:13-16
And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
Remember where we were from our previous devotional. Elijah’s brook had dried up and his raven had flown away. Elijah has spent some substantial time camped out alone beside that brook, and was now a graduate of, as one writer said, the B.B.I, or Brook Bible Institute.
What was meant by that was something we have talked about several times during the course of this study of the prophet Elijah. God had big plans for this man, and these things happening to him were no more than his training ground for the final act of God’s great play here. Elijah is now ready to move in to higher level studies as God hones and grooms him for his ultimate mission.
One of the things God wants to teach us as he prepares us for our missions in life is that He is trustworthy and can be counted on; God wants us to understand that, when He asks us to obey, He will not leave us hanging, unprepared, and without resources.
Earlier we saw how, when Elijah asked the widow woman to provide him food and water, she had pointed out that she and her son were just about to eat the last meal they had. Her plan after that was to simply await their deaths. Elijah’s response?:
“Look, go ahead and give me what I need. You have this promise from God, that this won’t be your last meal. In fact, your barrel of flour and pitcher of oil will not go empty again as long as I live in your house, and until God finally restores rain to this country.”
She trusted. Elijah trusted. God provided. Think about this. If Elijah was by the brook for something approaching a year, and the drought lasted three years, then Elijah and that woman lived on nothing but the provision of God for two years!
What can we learn here relevant to reviving us as servants of God, and seeing Revival in our families and churches?
God has a mission for each of us. It may be a difficult, challenging mission for which we feel totally unequipped. God will equip us. He does not, however, necessarily just hand us the stamina and ability to accomplish this mission. Sometimes we have to learn these things, and sometimes the lesson may seem painful.
If God calls us for a mission, and we accept and obey, He will provide for us what we need in order to be taken care of. It may not be the things we would have preferred, but it will be sufficient for our needs.
If God says it, it will happen. It may not be on our schedule, or in accordance with the way we would have done it, but it will happen.
A final note. This may be simply my personal spin on this, but it struck me as relevant. Elijah was there in that house, several meals a day, for possibly as long as two years. During that time, the flour and oil would deplete, then it would fill up. It would deplete, and it would fill up. It, however, never went dry. What do you think Elijah, the widow, and her son did all day? They were probably NOT watching TV. Is it possible they spent their time in worship, prayer, study and fellowship with one another? If we spent more of our time in worship, prayer, study and fellowship with one another perhaps, like the flour and oil, we would never become empty but be constantly refilled by the Holy Spirit. Perhaps we would become REVIVED!