“…so that we may eat it and die.” – 1Kgs 17:12 KJV
Events around us most times can really be very overwhelming such that as humans we just want to give up. This is mostly after we have tried everything human and it seems we are left with no choice. Today’s scripture presents a similar picture. There was obvious famine and one can imagine that the woman started out knowing that she had good enough stock of supplies at home and believing that it should be sufficient to last the period of the famine.
However as time progressed the stock at home got exhausted and she had to move out to save herself and her son. Of course, she was not able to get much and so she was convinced that what she had was just like the last meal after which they can invite death to come for them.
Similar event happened in the case of Hagar (Gen. 21:16-19) who after exhausting all she had, just laid Ishmael in the desert and watched helplessly waiting for death to come visiting. Many are presently at a similar stage in their life when all hopes are lost and the expectation is the final nail on the coffin of their ambitions and plans. All those great dreams just disappears like smoke with nothing to hold on to despite the fact that they started out believing they were well prepared to achieve success.
For non-believers, it is understandable if they even go ahead and consider extreme decisions like even suicide after it becomes obvious that they are left with no other options but that should never be the case with a Christian. It seems that the Almighty always want us to get to our limits before showing up with help (Ex. 14:10-28) or how else will we know him as the last minute God.
He showed up for Hagar just when she thought Ishmael, her son was going to die and also showed up in the case of the widow in today’s reference scripture. Similar scenario played out in the case of the Apostle Peter. He had started washing his nets and already admitted failure for the day when the Lord Jesus Christ showed up and his fortunes were reversed – Lk. 5:2-6.
No matter how bleak the situation may be, we are expected to retain our trust in the God. The manner of intervention will definitely vary just as it happened on the three occasions earlier referenced and possibly more occasions not referenced but are in the scriptures. Whereas he just miraculously showed up in the case of Hagar, the widow had to pass a final test to deserve the intervention whilst Peter had to also obey, listen to the Word and Trust on him to get his intervention.
Whichever manner he wants to use in intervening, the Christian should just trust Him that He will show up and with Him it is never late. Most Christians will however still miss His intervention because they are not spiritual enough to notice Him when he shows up. Abraham did not recognise Him when he arrived (Gen. 15: 9-11) just as Elijah expected Him to arrive in a particular manner (1Kg. 19:11-13) and he was disappointed.
The Christian in times like this is expected to operate with the advice of Jesus Christ to his disciples when he was in an almost similar situation. He advised them to watch and pray – Matt. 26:41. God never disappoints. The problem is always that the Christian misses him when he shows up. There cannot be a more desirable time to be alert and attentive than when you are expecting Him. Do not try to limit Him to a particular pattern of intervention as He is too big to be so limited. Just be spiritually alert in prayer so that you do not miss Him when he comes because He will surely come.
To be alert is not about sleeping in church but to be spiritually focused at all times on why you are in church in the first place. It is not about the beauty of the building, the literacy level of the minister or being very active in all the church committees but focussing at all times on why you are in church, the only person that can help you (Heb. 12:2) and ensuring that all you are doing has been directed by Him so you can eventually see Him when He shows up to resolve your case.
I pray that we will all be spiritually alert enough to see Him when he comes calling. Amen.