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June 6, 2019, 7:52 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah-The Lord My Provider (Week 2:4)


Elijah—The Lord My Provider

 

1 Kings 17:17-19

After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill. And his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!” And he said to her, “Give me your son.”

 

Thought for Today

The bible is filled with events that have to be real. God has just rescued the widow and her son from the drought through His presence and power in the prophet Elijah. The flour jar never runs empty. At this point I expect to read, “and they all lived happily ever after.” But the Bible never says that. Just like in our lives, one challenge is always followed by the next. The boy’s life, spared from the drought, is now impacted by illness. The widow wants to know why God would be so cruel. Have you ever asked that questions? I have. Has He spared her son from the drought so that His judgment of her sins could be made plain? Of course, that is not what is happening. Problems simply come, each one worse than the last. It is the nature of living in a fallen and sinful world. What we discover today is that God does not punish us through these troubles. He walks with us. God was there to meet even this great need. He had not abandoned the widow or her son. He simply chooses when to act according to His own wisdom and knowledge. This is the God we love and serve, the one who walks with us through every trial.

 

Prayer

Holy Lord, I praise You that You are walking with me through the challenges I face today and will still be there for the ones I face tomorrow. Help me rest in You, knowing that You are here with me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Where God guides, He provides. No matter how things look, God is still in control. Stay in peace and be hopeful. Your blessing is coming soon. ― Germany Kent

 

Quote of the Day

I die the king's faithful servant, but God's first. — Thomas More



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06-06-2019 at 8:09 AM
Marti Brueggeman
Today's devotion is one that hits home for everyone. I will print this one, reread many times (I am sure) and will share it! Thank you!
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June 5, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah-The Lord My Provider (Week 2:3)


Elijah—The Lord My Provider

 

1 Kings 17:10-16

So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” 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.

 

Thought for Today

The faith of the widow of Zarephath has always amazed me. She has no allegiance to Israel or its God. Droughts, and the famines they cause, hit the poorest hardest. She is a widow struggling to raise a child. She has no support system. On the day Elijah arrives, she has gone out to gather sticks for a fire to bake the last bit of flour they have. Then she is going to sit down watch her child starve to death. I can’t imagine the despair which accompanies that reality. Then this so called prophet comes and literally asks her to give him her starving child’s last morsel of bread. The audacity alone is shocking. And the best assurance he can offer is “trust me.” What could possibly go wrong? However, he serves the God who has thwarted the mighty Baal with this drought. Maybe Elijah’s God is the real thing? And after all, what does she have to lose? They are going to die anyway. So she puts her trust in Elijah’s God and bakes the last of the bread for him. The last desperate act of a starving widow is to trust a promise made on behalf of the God of Israel and He comes through. The flour jar and oil jug remain miraculously filled until the drought ends. In comparison to her situation, the things God asks us to trust Him in are simple and small. Yet they still seem incredibly daunting. You don’t have to wait until your flour jar has run empty to take the same leap of faith as the widow and do what God asks, trusting in Him to provide for you. You can take that step today. Lay down your doubts, fears and excuses and respond in obedient faith. God will not let you down.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You know how I struggle to trust You. I want my things done my way and in my time. Help me to release control and follow where You lead me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Never trust anyone completely but God. Love people, but put your full trust only in God.— Lawrence Welk

 

Quote of the Day

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.— Albert Einstein

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June 4, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah-The Lord My Provider (Week 2:2)


Elijah—The Lord My Provider

 

1 Kings 17:7-9

And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”

 

 

Thought for Today

God is no one-trick-pony. When God blesses us, solves a problem, sends help or delivers us from trouble, we expect God to rescue us the same way the next time. Sometimes we are so focused on looking for God’s deliverance in the same form that we miss it when it comes in another. Today’s reading is an excellent example of this. God has been providing for Elijah by ravens and a brook. The natural consequences of the drought caused by His challenge to Baal begin to affect the brook. God could have simply kept the brook flowing even if there was no other water in Israel. However, God chooses to provide for Elijah in a different manner. Having provided for Elijah with the things of nature, what might be the least likely alternative? God calls him to leave Israel entirely, go to a foreign country and to be provided for by a widow, a woman with the least resources possible, who doesn’t even believe in the Elijah’s God. Yep, that’s pretty unlikely. However, Elijah has learned to trust God even with the most unlikely requests. God delights in creative solutions that demonstrate His love, care and power. So, if you are facing a problem that you and God have faced together before, don’t look for the same solution He offered last time. God is much too creative for that!

 

Prayer

Lord God, You never cease to amaze me with Your creative provision. Help me to have eyes to see where Your help is coming from. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If the Lord says to give more than you think you are able to give, know that He will provide for you. Whether things are sailing smoothly or the bottom has dropped out, He is always trustworthy. You can count on Almighty God to keep His everlasting Word.— Charles Stanley

 

Quote of the Day

Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.— Norman Cousins

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