He Satisfies As He Provides

1 Kings 17:7-16 (NIV)

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.


The drought that Elijah prophesied would happen was taking its toll on the people of Israel.  Even Elijah was now affected by it.  The brook that he drank from was now dry.  God was still going to provide for His prophet.  He directed Elijah to a widow who lived in Phoenicia, which was in the heart of Baal country.  This is why the widow says, “The Lord your God” (verse 12, emphasis added).  She was not a believer in the God of Israel.  God will go to great lengths to inspire faith, though.

This is the first of two miracles Elijah performs for this widow.  The drought had taken its toll on this widow and her son.  He was all she had left and the food had run out.  She is getting water to go home and make their last meal of bread and then she expects to starve to death.  Elijah promises her that their oil and flour will not run out until the drought ends.  So she fulfills Elijah’s request and feeds him.  Just as Elijah said, God provides for her household until the end of the drought.  

God does what other “gods” cannot do.  Baal could not provide for this woman’s needs.  The “gods” of this world cannot provide for yours, either.  Only the one true God can truly satisfy the desires of your heart.  Your need for love and acceptance can only by truly fulfilled by God.  Your need for forgiveness can only be provided by God’s grace through faith in His Son, Jesus.  Your physical needs are provided for over and over again by your Heavenly Father.  God not only provides for our needs, but He even satisfies the deepest longings of our hearts.  When will we learn to trust God’s provision for our greatest needs?  When will we recognize that He is the One who provides over and over again?  May we have eyes to see how the Lord has provided time and again throughout our lives.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I am grateful today for the ways You have provided in my life.  I ask that You would give me a grateful heart.  Open the eyes of my heart that I may see Your loving hand providing for all of my needs.  May I be truly satisfied knowing You.  Thank You for loving me.  Amen.


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