Putting Your Bill on Elijah’s Tab

One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament happens to be today’s reading from our Liturgy.

Here it is from 1 Kings 17.

If you do nothing else today, read this passage and meditate on how God provides you with blessing after blessing, like he did for this poor widow.

The brook near where Elijah was hiding ran dry,
because no rain had fallen in the land.
So the LORD said to Elijah:
“Move on to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there.
I have designated a widow there to provide for you.”
He left and went to Zarephath.
As he arrived at the entrance of the city,
a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,
“Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.”
She left to get it, and he called out after her,
“Please bring along a bit of bread.”
She answered, “As the LORD, your God, lives,
I have nothing baked;
there is only a handful of flour in my jar
and a little oil in my jug.
Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks,
to go in and prepare something for myself and my son;
when we have eaten it, we shall die.”
Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid.
Go and do as you propose.
But first make me a little cake and bring it to me.
Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son.
For the LORD, the God of Israel, says,
‘The jar of flour shall not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'”
She left and did as Elijah had said.
She was able to eat for a year, and Elijah and her son as well;
the jar of flour did not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
as the LORD had foretold through Elijah.

When I think about my family, especially my wife and children, I can’t help but ponder how the cup of love they have for me never runs dry.

God prefers to have us reap blessings by being one to someone else.

Elijah really has no need of food, for he is God’s man on earth.

It’s the woman who needs Elijah, to help her realize the power she has at her fingertips through faith in a living God.

Put it all on His tab and you too will never be hungry.

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