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.” . . . . And she went and did as Elijah said.- 1 Kings 17:13, 15
In Chapter 16 (“The Ongoing Challenge”) of Satisfied, author Jeff Manion continues the story of Elijah. The brook at Kerith Ravine has dried up. At the eleventh hour Elijah receives new direction from the Lord- to go to Zaraphath, where a widow will supply him with food. Zaraphath happens to be in Phoenicia, Queen Jezebel’s back yard. Elijah will be hiding in plain sight.
Pastor Manion observes that while Elijah’s request for water is reasonable, his request for bread is not- considering there is a famine in the land. When the widow responds that she only has enough flour and oil to make a last meal for her son and herself, Elijah doesn’t offer words of sympathy and understanding. He tells the widow not to be afraid, that God will provide. The widow’s response is remarkable. She doesn’t go ballistic, she obeys. Pastor Manion states that God delights in rewarding courageous faith.
The author concludes that the fear vs. trust war never ends, but simply takes on different shapes. He offers these encouraging words:
“He (God) calls us from our small worlds and invites us into an adventure of trust. Listen for his voice: ‘Follow me and I will look after you. Just do what I’m asking you to do. Trust me in this adventure.’ ”
Today’s question: How have you been intentional in overcoming fear with trust? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Christ at Heart’s Door”