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The Widow of Zarephath and Elijah

Weeks ago the Covid-19 started to affect Canada and the social media was permeated with all kinds of alarming posts of this pandemic. Locally in the supermarkets I noticed that the shopping and hoarding frenzy had started. People were fearful and were panic buying, leaving many stores’ shelves empty. Out of fear of the unknown they reacted by filling their own store houses, afraid of lack.

I was strongly reminded by the Lord of the story of the great faith of the widow of Zarephath. (1 Kings 17:1–24) At that time the Lord was withholding the rain from Israel. The drought was in judgment of the nation’s idolatry, led by the royal couple Ahab and Jezebel. The widow was preparing the last meal for herself and her son expecting to soon die of starvation as the situation where they lived was grim. Then God sent Elijah to her to be fed. Even though she hardly had enough for herself and her son, she promptly fed Elijah in obedience and great faith, believing the promise given to her by the prophet. “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’. Her food supply was supernaturally extended as she believed. Wow, what a great example of the faith that we ought to have as Christians today! No matter how tough and uncertain times are, we must TRUST in the LORD. “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are?” (Matthew 6:26) "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33, 34) Lord forgive me if I reacted in fear and thought of hoarding. I trust that You will supply all of my needs according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Anna Reilly


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