“… you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others..”
— 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT)
Times can get tough, but God never runs out of ways to provide.
In this series, we will look at five Bible stories where God provided for his people. We will discover new ways God wants to provide for us and through us.
Third in the Series:
The Drought, The Prophet and The Widow
Delivered by Nick Bettis
In tough times, we tend to draw inward and concentrate on our own survival. But God has an amazing way of drawing us out again and using us to bless others.
Widow in Elijah’s day: God stretched her slim provisions
7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
–1 Kings 17:7-16 New International Version (NIV)
Hear Nick’s Message: The Drought, The Prophet, and the Widow