Elijah, the Drought, and the Widow (1 Kings 17:1 – 16)

Ahab has become king of Israel and is doing much evil.  Elijah the Tishbite, prophet of God, announces that there will be no rain for several years.  The Lord then instructed him to hibe by the Brook Cherith, where he will drink water and be fed by ravens.  The ravens brought him meat and bread morning and evening.  Eventually, though, the brook dried up due to the lack of rain.

The Lord then instructed Elijah again to arise and go to Zarephath, where he met a widow gathering sticks.  He asked her for a cup of water, and–as she was going to get it–a piece of bread as well.  The widow shared her plight with the prophet that she only had a handful of flour and a little oil with which to make her son and herself a cake for them to eat one last time before they died from the drought.  Elijah told her to make his bread first, with the promise that her flour and oil would not run out until rain came again to the land.  She obeyed his words, and she and her household ate for many days and the word of the Lord from Elijah was true.

Audacity is not always considered a positive attribute.  Many are put off by someone with too much audacity.  However, when it comes to things of God, it is important to believe audaciously in the power of God to do the miraculous.  While there has been great confusion related to the “Word of Faith” movement, one thing is for sure: the Bible is a book of faith!  When you are in need, or when you have a vision, do not sell God short.  Instead, believe audaciously.  Don’t be afraid of failure or embarrassment.  When you believe the word of the Lord, and you truly hear from God, you can declare a drought, or call the flour and oil to not run out.  You have the privilege to go into the throne of grace with boldness and petition God for those things that He has already promised.  Be audacious in your belief in what thus says the Lord!

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