Monday, July 1, 2013

The Widow of Zarephath

Today I am linking up today with It Just Takes One  for her Chasing History series.  We’re learning about the women of the Bible and how their stories can impact OUR stories.

I love being in the kitchen. Baking chocolate chip cookies with my kids is one of my most favorite activities. Have you ever been in the middle of making something and run out of one of the main ingredients?  That will sure ruin a dish or even a meal! 

In 1 Kings 17 we meet a widow who is just about to run out of everything during a drought in the land. Elijah asks the woman to trust that God would provide for their needs if she would feed him. 1 Kings 17:15-16 says “And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.”(ESV) 

We must put our faith in God alone and trust Him to meet our every need: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. When we feel like we’ve given all we have and there’s no help or hope, we cast our cares on Him because He cares for us (I Peter 5:7) and then we keep on giving, not growing weary of doing good for others at every opportunity we have (Galatians 6:9-10). How do we do this? We can only do it through the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us when we repent of our sin and believe in Jesus for our forgiveness.
May the mercy and grace God has given us through Jesus encourage and strengthen us to trust Him in all things. 


  1. After reading your post, I got the wonderful and rich lyric stuck in my head - Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
    Thank you for sharing and encouraging me.

    1. Love that song! Sometimes when I'm at a loss for words in my prayers I just sing that song! Thanks for reading!

  2. "And then we keep on giving, not growing weary"... what a good picture of this story, summed up. I've long been a little fascinated by this story - because how does it not just run out? Beyond human understanding! I'm glad you wrote on of those stories I always wish we knew more about. :)

    1. I too am amazed by this story. I'm very excited about linking up with Chasing History! What a great motivation for deeper Bible Study.