A Word in Passing

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Barnes Baptist Church

Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9QL





The meeting between Elijah and the widow of Zarepeth in 1 Kings 17 is a story of faith and obedience.

The widow was in extreme need. Drought and famine had gripped Israel for the last few years and as she

prepares what she expects to be the last meal for herself and her son a man suddenly turns up and requests

some of her precious water and food. How will she react to his request? What would you have done? Her

last morsal of food, "a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug" v.12 is being requested by a

comparative stranger - and a foreigner at that!


And yet it seems she had not only heard of the God of Israel but also of His prophet, Elijah (v.12). More

than that, she seem to have had great respect for Israel's God, for she responds positively to what Elijah

says with the result that her faith is rewarded as God supplies her needs,


'"For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, (until the day the Lord

gave rain on the land, v.14) in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.' v.16

God could have met Elijah and thre widow's need in many ways, but He chose to meet their needs

through the exercise of faith. Trusting God to meet our needs will seldom be as spectacular as this

meeting, but trusting God through obedience will often be the way God chooses to provide for us.

What does trusting God mean for you? Have you experienced this relationship of trust and provision and

have you noticed the connection between trusting Him and obedience to His word?


Have you a testimony concerning God's faithfulness and provision that you could be sharing with others?


Graham Pulham