WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15
“I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”
1 Kings 17:8 (NLT)
For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”
1 Kings 17:14 (NLT)
REMINDERS FOR TRUSTING GOD: BEGIN WITH WHAT HE’S ALREADY SAID.
A Middle School teacher wrote, “I faced a problem that’s common to all teachers. I’d be giving instructions to the class, and while I was talking, one or two hands would flip up into the air. They had a question. I wasn’t finished giving the instructions, and already they had questions. My response? ‘Please put your hand down,’ I’d say. ‘When I finish the instructions, then I’ll answer questions. And besides, you might hear the answer to your questions in my instructions.’ Sound familiar?”
God gave the widow His instructions twice. God had already been there and told the widow that the man of God was coming. He had already told her that she was to feed the prophet when he came. Elijah knew that he had the promise of God to supply his needs through the hands of the widow. Because Elijah had God’s instructions, he is able to preface his request for bread with the words “fear not.” He was able to tell her God would honor her obedient sacrifice by providing for her, her son, and Elijah in a miraculous way.
In the sermon, Mike reminded us that sometimes we need to be reminded of what God has already said. But we also need to be in community and be reminded by others of what God has said. Who are a few of the people that God has used in your life to remind you of what He has said?
Thank God for giving you His Word and giving you others to remind you of His promises and instructions for living. Ask God to give you clear directions where you are unsure of what He wants you to do.