THEME: REWARD OF FAITH
1 Kings 17:12-14
“So she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, 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 make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.”
-Faith can be classified in various ways. As the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith, we learn that there are different levels of faith. Abraham had strong faith (Romans 4:20), there is weak faith (Romans 4:19) and shipwreck faith (1 Timothy 1:19). When the Brook Cherith which runs into the river Jordan dried, the Lord commanded Elijah to go to Zeraphath where a widow would provide for him. The widow only had a little oil and flour for herself and her son, which according to her they would eat and die. This shows her weak faith as she was almost giving up. Sometimes we worry to much and miss God’s blessings in our lives. The widow could have denied Elijah his request for a small cake; given her desperate situation, but she was rewarded for her little faith. Her jar of oil never ran dry and her flour was not used up, until it rained again. God had a better plan for the widow and her son. His plan was for supernatural increase and sustenance which she never anticipated. Most times, God’s blessings surprise us for the exceed our expectations. God calls us to trust in Him with all our hearts, and lean not on our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). Sometimes we feel like giving up when things are tough like the widow of Zeraphath. But God reminds us that He is our ever present help in times of need. He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us and will see our through whatever challenges we are going through. We should look to God and have faith in Him even when we feel like giving up, and He will deliver us from all our fears.
Abba Father we thank You for making us see this new day in perfect peace. Thank You for the gift of life and the air that we breath. Thank You for watering our land with rain. Thank You for being present in our lives even when we were at the verge of giving up. Thank You for being our ever present Help in times of need. We look to You only; our Lord and Savior deliver us merciful Father from all our troubles. We look to Your cross Jesus where we find forgiveness for our sins. We look to Your throne of grace Jesus where we obtain mercy and grace to help us in times of need. Thank You Jesus for Your saving grace upon our lives. It is by grace that You have saved us through faith; and not by our works. Thank You for Your grace upon our lives, families, churches and nation. What can we do without You Jehovah. Touch the hearts of all those who are depressed and have lost hope in life we humbly ask You, and visit them at their points of need merciful Father; like You did for the widow of Zeraphath. Resurrection their hope in You Lord as You resurrected the widow’s son. Bless all those who are sick and suffering including the widows and orphans that You may provide for all their needs. Remember with mercy all the street families Lord that You may give them hope and a better future. We cast all our burdens and cares unto You Jesus for You care for us. Increase our faith in You and deliver us from unbelief. Fill our jars with oil and bins with flour that we may never lack. May Your supernatural blessings be ever present in our lives, families, businesses, work, callings, institutions, churches, government and nation, and make our cups run over in all seasons. Thank You Jesus for redeeming us with Your precious blood and making us Your children. Thank You Jesus for Your saving grace upon our lives. Thank You Jesus for You have always been good to us and Your love for us endures forever. Amen
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