“And Elijah said unto her, fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son” (I Kings 17:13:
God told him that a widow would feed him and where to find her. In verse 9 of the same chapter, God also told the widow that she would be feeding Elijah (so they both received the same message). Elijah knew that faith would be required from the widow to take her last bit of flour she set aside for her family’s last meal (she assumed) and bake a small cake for a stranger. Elijah was aware that God knew this woman’s need and if she were faithful to Elijah’s request, this woman would receive a harvest of multiplication. He was quickly obedient to God’s specific direction to bring prosperity to her.
This story about Elijah and the widow can be taught incorrectly. Once I was seated in an adult Sunday school class and the teacher brought admonition to Elijah for a haughty spirit because he told the widow to bring him water and to bake him bread. There is absolutely no pride present! He knew what was required of both of them to be sustained and move God. Faith moves God!
Beware of false teachers that do not spend enough time with God to know His nature and do not study scripture deeply enough to receive truth and revelation.
Father, thank you for your Word. Help us to not be hasty in our understanding of it and allow You to speak the truth and revelation of Jesus (The Word). Amen.
Betsy Cobb Wise
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