Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Move when God leads, please skip ahead to the application.
In this story Elijah is on his way to meet a widow. He had spoken the word of God to the people and stopped the rain. The people were being punished for serving Baal. God was going to prove to them that He was the only God. After speaking this, God sent Elijah to rest by the brook. His brook has dried up and now God tells him to go and find this
widow who will take care of him. When Elijah finds her he asks her to bring him something to drink. As she goes he asks for something to eat. She tells him that all she has is enough flour and oil to make one last meal for herself and her son then they will starve. Elijah tells her if she will make bread for him first, that God will not
allow the barrel of flour nor the cruse of oil to run out until rain comes. She did what Elijah said and sure enough she didn’t run out. Twice now we are seeing that God’s people have what they need when Baal cannot provide. As the rain ceased Elijah has water and is fed by the brook while the Baal worshipers are in drought. Once the brook dries up God supplies through a helpless widow.
Baal can’t provide because he isn’t real. God will provide.
This widow was certain she had enough to make one more meal. If she fed Elijah she was uncertain where food would come from. She gave up the certain for the uncertain. She was promised that her barrel would not run out.
Give up the certain for the uncertain. What do we call this? _______ (Faith) Not foolishness…faith.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.