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June 7, 2019, 7:58 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah-The Lord My Provider (Week 2:5)


The Lord My Provider

 

1 Kings 17:19-24

And he said to her, “Give me your son.” And he took him from her arms and carried him up into the upper chamber where he lodged, and laid him on his own bed. And he cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?” Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child's life come into him again.” And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother. And Elijah said, “See, your son lives.” And the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”

 

Thought for Today

What was the purpose of this tragedy? I find it comforting to know that even Elijah questioned why God allowed the widow’s son to die. The question God is asking is whether they will trust Him even when they don’t understand what He is doing. Elijah answers God’s question by taking the boy to a private place to pray for him. Stretching himself over the boy, Elijah pleads three times for God to restore his life. Amazingly, God does. This is the first time God demonstrates His power over death by bringing someone back to life. However, it doesn’t answer the question of why God allowed the boy to die in the first place. The widow actually answers the question when she says, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the world of the Lord in your mouth is truth.” The overflowing jars of oil and flour had not convinced the widow that Elijah was speaking truth on behalf of God or that God would not turn on her because of her sin. Now, through the miracle of raising her son, she truly believes that God is for her and that Elijah is His servant. It all happened to teach her that God was trustworthy and to help her believe His words. The next time you don’t understand why God allowed something difficult into your life, He may be giving you an opportunity to trust Him and grow your faith.

 

Prayer

Lord God, I confess that I have my doubts and internal struggles. Help me to trust You more by walking with You today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

But God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through. ― Francis Chan

 

Quote of the Day

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. ― Maya Angelou

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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



Comments

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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