Cornerstone Baptist Church

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." (1st Kings 17:12)

Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is the TRUTH." (1st Kings 17:24)

"When you keep on doing what you've always done, you keep on getting what you've always got." Benjamin Franklin described that as insanity! So why do so many of us do the same thing over and over again expecting different results? When I have randomly asked people why that happens so often, most agree it doesn't make sense, but they don't have a definitive answer for me.

The reason lies in the basic truth of humanity, fear. The Fear of what we don't know; the unknown, the uncertainty of what we cannot see. People will cling to what they can see because it is the false sense of security in the familiar. This is one of Satan's greatest deceptions. 1st Kings 17: 8-24 of God's word teaches us wisdom from the widow of Zarephath who put her fear aside and trusted in the wisdom of the word of the Lord brought to her by Elijah. There she found hope and received blessings from God.

For thus says the Lord God of Israel: "The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth." (1st Kings 17:14)

The widow listened to Elijah. When she set aside her fear and what she was so desperately clinging to, she put her trust and her hope in God's promise. Her son was healed, they had food for many days and she received blessings of faith and repentance.

Can you recognize your similarities to the Widow of Zarephath! Are you desperately clinging to whatever the 'oil and flour' of your life may be, believing what we CAN SEE is safer that what we CAN'T SEE? What are you desperately clinging to that is preventing you from receiving God's blessings?

2018 can be a new beginning for everyone who trusts in the word of God. His promises are truth! Our Father offers wisdom through His Holy Scriptures. Your fear can be replaced with hope, blessings of faith and repentance. God wants you to know what you can see is not always safer than what you can't see. You can trust in His promises!

by Jane Barrick