Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper – June 14, 2022

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10 So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, “Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.”

12 But she said, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.” 13 But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid!

1 Kings 17:10-13 (NLT)





A mother and her four-year-old daughter were preparing to retire for the night. The child was afraid of the dark, and the mother, on this occasion alone with the child, felt fearful also. When the light was out, the child caught a glimpse of the moon outside the window. “Mother,” she asked, “is the moon God’s light?” “Yes,” said the mother. The next question was, “Will God put out His light and go to sleep?” The mother replied, “No, my child, God never goes to sleep.” Then out of the simplicity of a child’s faith, she said that which gave reassurance to the fearful mother, “Well, as long as God is awake, there is no sense both of us staying awake.”


In 1 Kings 17, Elijah was headed to a fearful place and he met a fearful woman.  She is a “widow” who lives in a place called “Zarephath.” These two truths reveal a lot about this woman. As a “widow” she was in a difficult place at best. In that society women were largely dependent upon men to take care of them. We find out in verse 12 that she had a son. The widow is living in fear of death because of the drought and struggles to trust Elijah’s word when she barely had enough for her and her son.  “Zarephath” means a smelting-furnace. It was a distasteful and fearful place for many reasons.




In this widow we have a beautiful example of faith that pleases God. In spite of her fear, she trusted God. Where are you fearful to trust God right now? Is God asking you to give anything that you are afraid to give? Don’t let fear drive you, let faith guide you.




Thank God for always watching over you and providing for your needs. Ask God to calm your fears and to grow your faith.

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