“Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the LORD. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. Then the word of the LORD came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” And she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 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. 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.’” And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by Elijah. —I Kings 17:3-16

Has it not been told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the LORD, how I hid a hundred men of the LORD’s prophets by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water? —I Kings 18:13

            Do you trust God to supply what you need?  The widow lady and her son had the resources they needed provided supernaturally as guided by God’s servant, Elijah.  A little flour and a little oil did not run out until the famine was over.  The widow lady had the faith to feed Elijah first with what she had and then our Lord miraculously provided for her.  Let us trust Him to provide what we need.

            Sometimes our Lord provides what we need directly through a servant of His.  That is what Obadiah did.  He “had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water) (I Kings 18:4).  So, whether He miraculously provides or provides through a servant of His, let us trust Him to take care of our needs.  After all, did not Jesus say, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26). 

            God may provide for us miraculously as guided through His servant or He may provide naturally through a servant of His.  Either way, we can trust Him to provide what we need.  He also may want to provide miraculously as He guides through us or naturally with the resources we have to give others. Let us be open to what He desires.  Yes, Dear Father, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  Yes, may all this be for Your honor and glory! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYkZE8AogDE

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