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1 Kings 17:8-16

Learning to Trust

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1 Kings 17:8-16

Learning to Trust

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Today let’s talk about one of the Bible’s most famous characters: Elijah. Elijah had long, thick hair. He wore some type of garment tied around his waist that was probably made of leather. He sometimes wore a sheepskin cape around his shoulders. That description gives us a picture of a man quite different from someone we would see today.

He was a man of endurance and traveled in the hills where he came to know God.

God asked him to go to a place called Zarephath. At that time there was a drought. There had been no rain, the plants had died, and people were having trouble getting enough food to eat.

Elijah probably wondered how he would survive in such a place. God told Elijah there would be a woman there who will feed you.

When Elijah arrived at that town he found the woman who brought him water to drink, but when he asked for food she said she only had, “a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the jar” (17:12) She said she had only enough to make something to feed herself and her son.

Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid” (17:13). God promises that the jar of meal and the jug of oil will not be emptied until he (God) sends rain and the plants begin to grow again. That is exactly what happened. The woman was able to feed Elijah and her family for many days.

Miracles are difficult to understand, but perhaps the lesson for us is that God provides and cares for each one of us in ways we don’t fully understand. The story reminds us to learn to trust God as Elijah did. That is our faith.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan