The provision of God in the midst of scarcity

Shortage, it is a moment for which we have passed sometime in life, and it is an extremely difficult moment, but, even in such times we must trust in how powerful our God is to meet our needs. In the Bible we can find stories that tell us about scarcity, where God has shown his powerful hand in those circumstances, so if you are at that time, I want to talk a little about the story of the widow of Zarephath.

This story is found in the first book of Kings chapter 17, and tells us that God sent Elijah to Zarephath, where a widow who had no food to support herself and this is what God says to Elijah:

Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.

1 Kings 17:9

There are things in the Bible that seem to us of little logic, and that is that we must understand that our God goes beyond logic, our thoughts are not the same as His, and His ways surpass ours. The hand of God reaches further than the hand of us humans and this story is perfect for us to understand that.

10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.

11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.

12 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.

1 Kings 17:10-12

Awesome! Elijah arrives at that house, where a woman who has nothing, only a handful of flour to prepare it, eat it she and her son, and then wait for death. And this man says: “Bring me a piece of bread.” This woman seemed to be hopeless, and we can not judge her for it, since we ourselves in other situations have also been wrapped up in doubt. But you know what? Our God always arrives with a fresh response to our lives and that is the best part.

I want you to concentrate your mind on the answer that Elijah gave to this lady:

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.

1 Kings 17:13

What an answer this is! Elijah told her that the jar’s flour was not going to run out and that the oil in the jar would not diminish until the Lord sent the rain again. This word was fulfilled in a short time and that woman was greatly blessed by God. This teaches us a lot, and is that we must trust in God even in the most bitter moments, because our God supplies in the midst of scarcity.

Let us never faint, rather, let us firmly hope that the hand of God will sustain us in those moments.

13 thoughts on “The provision of God in the midst of scarcity

  • August 22, 2018 at 7:18 am
    Permalink

    Thank you for this wonderful word of God,, yes I have see it in my life,, but it’s continuous ,, to keep us humble before our God and for non believers to see God’s hand at work in the lives of those who trust in Him

    Reply
  • August 22, 2018 at 10:09 am
    Permalink

    Am so blessed reading this wonderful message and I have learn that no matter what I should wait on God’s time which is the best. Thank you so much God bless

    Reply
  • August 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm
    Permalink

    Am so blessed this morning by the teaching God reaches us anytime and anywhere stay bless

    Reply
  • August 22, 2018 at 12:32 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks for this word cause it arrives in a very difficult moment.

    Reply
  • August 22, 2018 at 1:43 pm
    Permalink

    Amen i to am bless from reading this we are about to lose our home and lights turn off ,but I am looking to my God to send us help in our time of need praise the Lord.

    Reply
    • August 22, 2018 at 3:47 pm
      Permalink

      I will pray for you and your family….I am also going through a rough patch but I can send you a little help…please send you information…

      Reply
  • August 22, 2018 at 2:38 pm
    Permalink

    I enjoy your words of the day I’m learning a lot of how your work is done and I thank you God for blessing me to be able to get up and see another day to do your work keep on blessing me for I love you god in your name Amen

    Reply
  • August 22, 2018 at 3:04 pm
    Permalink

    God is so incredible! I was introduced 2 God in January 2016 so to speak. I’m currently in some difficult times but he is certainly holding my hand and guiding me through. I can see it! Thank you Lord Jesus! And I thank all of you who pass on God’s word!

    Reply
  • August 30, 2018 at 4:02 am
    Permalink

    He is the most high king, the lion of Judah, the never changing God. What he says will always come to pass in our lives, in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Thank you so much with the word of prophecy , the holly spirit has planted in you. Thank you Jesus, stay blessed.

    Reply
  • February 7, 2020 at 9:12 am
    Permalink

    The provision of God in the midst of scarcity
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    Elijah, the prophet, was sent to meet a widow in Zarephath of Sidon.
    As the Bible says, she was short of food due to lack of rain. Only a little flour and oil was left to eat for her and her son, but she listened to Elijah’s request for some bread…

    Elijah promised the widow flour and oil would not be used up until the day the Lord would send rain again on the earth.
    “For thus said the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sends rain on the earth.”
    (1Kings 17:14)

    We must be grateful to the Lord, because he takes care of his people and provides for our needs.
    Personally I can say the Lord always has helped us. His providence has always given us what we wanted.
    He listens to our prayer and helps us in our needs.

    The Lord is our Father and blesses our activity. He blesses our daily work.
    Thanks be to the Lord, for he is good and merciful. He is moved to compassion for all people, especially his children.

    May his name be blessed for ever

    Reply
  • February 7, 2020 at 11:31 am
    Permalink

    Thank you Jesus for Grace and Mercy.

    Reply
  • February 7, 2020 at 2:40 pm
    Permalink

    THANK YOU JESUS FOR YOUR MERCY AND GRACE ME AND MY MOM ARE GOING THROUGH A HARD TIME WE ARE GOING TO BE EVICTED FROM OUR HOME I KNOW GOD WILL MAKE AWAY BEFORE WE BECOME HOMELESS AMEN.

    Reply
  • February 7, 2020 at 2:45 pm
    Permalink

    THANK YOU LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR WAKING ME MY MOM MY WIFE UP TO LIVE TO SEE ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAYS JESUS THANK YOU FOR FORGIVING ME AND SAVING ME OF MY SINS JESUS THANK YOU FOR YOUR TEACHINGS AND WORDS OR THE HOLY BIBLE TO READ EVERYDAY LORD JESUS CHRIST I GIVE YOU ALL THE HONOR PRAISE AND GLORY I LOVE YOU LORD JESUS CHRIST IN YOUR NAME I PRAY AMEN AND AMEN.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *