Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Kings 17:10-12 (KJV); 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.It is very tempting and reasonable to hold onto the little you have because it is all that is left to survive on.
But that is not how God works. He demonstrates this through the story of Elijah and the wisdom in our theme scripture.
A casual observer would have marvelled at the callousness of the prophet who sought to deprive the widow of her little oil and morsel of bread. In our day, they would have lumped him up with all the thieves and robbers that seek to ravage unsuspecting Christians.
But here is a fundamental lesson: If God ever provokes you to give more than you are able, then understand that He is positioning you for what you can never obtain through your own ability.
While it is true that this scripture has been abused and misused by some ministers of the gospel to manipulate their followers, it does not detract from the principle herein.
When God asks you to give the only ‘oil or bread’ you have, do not ask how you will survive the next day. He has said “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things” (Matthew 6:34).
Always remember that what may not be enough can instead be a seed.
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 6:34, Matthew 6:25
GOLDEN NUGGET: If God ever provokes you to give more than you are able, then understand that He is positioning you for what you can never obtain through your own ability.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the strength and grace to let go of what I must let go, to allow You do what You must do. I trust You to provide for me no matter the circumstance. By this wisdom, I live my life without anxiety or worry, in Jesus’ name, Amen.