'...the jar of flour will not be used up...' 1 Kings 17:14 NIV
Three thousand years ago, give or take a hundred. Devastating famine has swept the land. Wiped out a widow’s livestock. Destroyed all she relied on. And then Elijah, a major prophet, turns up—God has sent him her way. I can’t put him up for the night unless I split this one portion of food I have left. Alright God, thank You for this opportunity. I really doubt what I have is anywhere near enough. But I want to trust You with my life—so I’m going to use the little I have to feed him too. Amen...?
Most of us have times that we feel what we have is simply not enough. Often, however much we cut back, our cash outgoings always slightly exceed our income. In these moments, after that bill has finally been paid, the thought of giving away what little we have left seems simply insane. And if you haven’t reached that stage where you’re paying bills, firstly, enjoy this stage while it lasts! Also, remember this reading; it might turn out pretty important later on.
In the meantime, with what money you are given, we reckon the same lessons apply. God hasn’t changed in the last three thousand years: when we give away the little we have, the door is left wide open for a miracle. For the woman at the beginning of the reading, she faced her fear and fed Elijah, and the flour inexplicably just kept on coming. We’re called by God to manage what we’ve got to the best of our ability and that means trusting God with it all, rather than clinging on anxiously to the bit that’s left.
You can also ‘tithe’ your time if not your cash. Think of ways to help out others in your community or church—sometimes the most important thing you can give others is your time.
SoulFood: Exo 20:17, 2 Kings 5:1-27, Ecc 5:10, Luke 12:13-34
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