Read 1 Kings 17:9 – 18:1
The great Prophet Elijah must have been puzzled. Early in our story he had apparently confronted the evil king Ahab and delivered God’s message of judgment in the form of drought in the land. Surely the prophet knew something great was coming! Then, immediately, he was sent to the brook Cherith, where he stayed for possibly a year being fed by a raven. Then, he was sent to the city of Zarepath to reside with a widow woman and her son. There, the great two year miracle of the flour and oil took place.
Surely Elijah wondered just why he was at this woman’s place for those two years.
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!
A extra thought
God may have a big plan for us, but if we are not willing to do His small plans we may never find out what the big plan is.