June 11th, 2018 — IGNITE

How much can you trust God? Or maybe I should ask, how much do you trust God? Seems like a pretty simple question and one that I’m sure if you asked me, I would tell you in no uncertain terms that I trust Him unequivocally. But the truth is, there are times my unequivocalness is challenged and my trust is not as strong as I first thought. I waver… I hesitate… I balk.

Today, I was reading 1 Kings 17. There’s this prophet, whose name is Elijah, who is directed by God to go to this village and stay there. Here’s what God told him…
“I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 1 Kings 17:9

Elijah shows up in this village, sees a lady who’s picking up sticks, and without even knowing her or what’s happening in her life, he asked her for a drink of water. As she’s going to get him water, he tells her, doesn’t ask her, he tells her to also bring a piece of bread.

However, there’s a problem with his request. There has been a famine in the land for going on three years, which means, no water; no water – no harvest; no harvest – no flour; no flour – no bread. And that’s exactly what she tells him…
“I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar… I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 1 Kings 17:12

She is making their last meal. She knows the outcome. She has been frugal… she has been faithful… she has been trusting, but in reality, there is nothing left.

At first Elijah’s remark may startle us. He almost sounds uncaring. In essence he tells her… “That’s good to know. Thanks for telling me, but now go make me a loaf of bread first, and then feed you and your son.”

He also tells her this…
“The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain of the face of the earth.” 1 Kings 17:14

So let me ask you, what would you do? How much do you trust God? Would you listen to the growling in your stomach, and then make a decision? Would you look at your son who’s been withering away right before your eyes? Or would you obey the voice of the prophet? Can he be trusted? Can God really be trusted to provide my daily bread? Will God really supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus?

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: God supplied for this lady and her boy, and He’ll supply your needs as well. Trust Him! Always trust Him!

Thank You for my daily bread today. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen