1 Kings 17:24
And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.
This is interesting. What just happened here? We have talked very briefly about the status of this woman’s heart. Was she a believer when Elijah first showed up? When did she come to a saving belief in The Lord? Well, really, it simply doesn’t matter that much in the grand scheme of things. One can look at this and say that, whatever the case may be, this widow woman was certainly a believer in the one true God at this point in time.
What’s really happening here besides this woman being brought to a saving relationship with God? Lots, really. We all know that God had a big plan for Elijah in the near future, and God may have a big plan for each and every one of us as well.
Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Maybe that is what is happening here. We have talked some about how God was doing a work in Elijah prior to doing a work through Elijah. Warren Wiersbe had the following to say about this episode:
“The servant who won’t hide himself and minister to a few people isn’t really ready to stand on Mount Carmel and call down fire and rain from heaven. People who have proved themselves faithful with a few things in small places can be trusted by the Lord with many things before many people in the bigger places. “
Things are racing to a finish, towards the great showdown, and towards the climatic moment in the ministry of Elijah. Elijah is almost fully trained and ready to perform his greatest task, and will be seen doing that shortly.
What about us? Are we focused on God’s will in the tough times, or are we just focused on relief for ourselves? Are we willing to do the small things God asks us to do? What if there is never a big thing? Are we willing to plod along, doing the small things if that is God’s will for us?