Tuesday, November 14: The jug of oil did not run dry
How we think impacts how we live our whole lives. God wants to transform us, to make us more and more like Jesus, by changing the way we think—what the Bible calls the renewing of our minds. For five weeks, we'll survey five aspects of how God can and will change our minds, along with a prayer challenge for each week.
Read 1 Kings 17:1-16
Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word."
Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: "Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there."
So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
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." 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?" As she was going to get it, he called, "And bring me, please, a piece of bread."
"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."
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. 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.'"
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. 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.
God has a plan for Elijah to meet a widow who'd feed him. As she went to make the final meal before she and her son would starve to death, Elijah told her of God's promises. In faith, she follows the plan, and he keeps those promises. How is your faith in the face of adversity? Can you still trust God when you feel at the end of your rope and don’t know how you'll go on?
Elijah trusted God to protect him and supply his needs. The widow trusted God to provide for her and her son, even as she serves their very last food to a stranger. God loves you and will never hang you out to dry. When you're tempted to worry, pray instead, and watch for God's blessing.
A prayer for the week
God, thank you for the gift of another day and the opportunities it brings. You are a good and generous God. Help me to live today with great anticipation of the abundant goodness you're bringing to me and those around me. Renew my mind so that I can see your good life, join in it, share it, and invite others to join in. Amen.