Summary of Devotion by Mandla Khwela - 13 August 2010

"And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son." (1 Kings 17:8-13).
"And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days." (1 Kings 17:15).

God takes care of our needs not only spiritually but also physically. God saw that there was no more food and water where Elijah was, so He sent Him to the widow.

We also see Elijah's instant obedience. When God speaks, obey immediately. Elijah was in tune with God.

When Elijah arrived at the widow, he did not speak to her as if commanding her, but asked for a little bread and water, even though he knew God commanded him to go to her and be cared for. He humbled himself even though he knew very well that he was sent by God.

This is the characteristic of a child of God - humility. It is so unlike the spirit of today, where everything is demanded, children from parents, employees from employers, etc. When they don't get what they want, they strike. No wonder we have so many problems these days!

When she said that she only has a little oil and flour, Elijah's reply brought a paradigm shift in her life, "go and do as you have said but first make a cake for me and bring it to me". She had to learn an important lesson, no longer she and her son first, but God and His Kingdom first (Matt 6:33).

So too with you, what is important is to put God first from now on and change the priorities in your life.


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