And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. – 1Kgs 17:1 KJV
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Elijah was a prophet in Israel whose prophetic period ran across the reign of several kings but the scripture today relates to his prophetic activities during the reign of King Ahab. The Bible described King Ahab as a king who did the most to provoke the Almighty God than any of the previous kings of Israel and noted the following as part of his evil deeds:
1. He walked in the sins of King Jeroboam, the son of Nebat. This is a king who the bible used as the benchmark for determining evil among the kings of Israel and Ahab surpassed him with his evil acts – 1Kgs. 16:31a.
2. He married Jezebel, the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, a people known for their worship of Baal – 1Kgs. 16:31b.
3. He served and worshipped Baal – 1Kgs. 16:31c.
4. He built a house and an altar dedicated to Baal in Samaria – 1Kgs. 16:32.
All these acts of his infuriated God and as a punishment, God through the Prophet Elijah decreed famine and hunger in the land.
What immediately comes to mind is that the punishment of God was not restricted to him alone or at most his wife and family. The punishment was felt more by the people of the land and was most likely even limited to them. However in the midst of that famine, God ensured that he took care of His own people. It may not be possible to determine how many people God took care of personally during the famine but we saw the case of two people whose cases God took personal interest in, Elijah and the widow of Zarephath.
A deeper look at God’s approach to feeding them will help to show how far God can go in order to take care of His own people. At the beginning of the famine, it seemed God needed to worry only about Elijah as the widow seemed to have enough and God did not disappoint. The Bible says, God directed Elijah to a location where he will be protected from the anger of Ahab and will still be fed – 1Kgs. 17:3-6. God was aware of the double challenge that faced Elijah, he needed to stay safe but also needed to feed and right there in one location God provided both. Most people today confront intense danger in order to avoid the threat of hunger. By virtue of your reading this devotion, the God of Elijah will manifest in your situation and provide protection in your daily activities in Jesus name, Amen. He will not only keep you safe in that location but will arrange divine opportunities that will ease your stress in Jesus name. Amen.
Just like in the case of Elijah, the source that you are relying on may actually be drying up or has already dried up. That employment may be coming to an end or it has already ended. God being the master planner anticipated for Elijah and not only had alternatives prepared but led him to that alternative will do same for you in Jesus name. Amen. However, in providing this alternative and probably because he has the interest of this widow in mind, he decided to take care of both of them in one step.
What makes this source more intriguing is the location. She was based in Zarephath in the region of Zidon. That is the same Zidon that Jezebel whom Elijah is supposed to be running from, came from. Her father is the king in that region (1Kgs. 16:31) and to think that God will direct Elijah to such a location would have been better imagined than the reality that stares one in the face. Indeed, Elijah was safe and was taken care of by the widow just as the widow and her family also fed throughout the remaining period of the famine – 1Kgs. 17:15. It is my prayer also that your location will not affect your provision in Jesus name. Amen. Elijah’s case goes to prove that it is not about your location or the location of the enemy at that employment but about the determination of your God to supply your need and strict adherence to what God says.
Christians need to know this ability of God to provide in all situations and under all conditions, but they will only be able to access such huge Grace if they can operate in His Will like Elijah and the widow both did. Your nationality will not matter, like the widow who was not an Israelite and God still singled her out for care and protection and even Elijah himself who was not from Zidon but got fed by a Zidonite.
Yes there may be hunger and insecurity all around you but it should not mean anything to you beyond what both words means as what should matter to you at all times should be your relationship with your God. Elijah did not allow the location of Zarephath to affect his belief in the directives of God. You also should not think of any other thing outside what he is telling you to do if you want to enjoy is protection and provision. His ways cannot be fathomed by men and that is why He is the Almighty God.
Do not just hear Him, listen to him attentively and execute His instructions to the letter and you are sure that His protection and provision will be available, not for you only but for members of your family also and in a miraculous manner in Jesus name. Amen. It is not about who you are but your obedience. May God grant you listening hear and the willingness to execute all His instructions to our advantage in Jesus name. Amen.