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Daily Devotional // 1 Kings 17:8-16

Daily Devotional // 1 Kings 17:8-16

Posted on February 13, 2018

Sometimes, the things God asks us to do doesn’t make sense.

Give the first tenth of your income to the Lord—even though there are bills piling up, a mortgage to chip away at, and college tuition to pay off. Spend your time serving others—when your own family needs attention, your own house needs to be cleaned, and your own business needs all the extra time you can give. And forgive others even when you think they don’t deserve it? How does any of these actually make sense?

But if we think more about it, on a grander scale, it doesn’t make sense that Jesus gave up every comfort in Heaven to come to this dark earth. The fact He took the punishment for our sins, died a painful death when He didn’t have to, and came back to life three days later—none of it makes sense. It’s all beyond our understanding.  But one thing we can know and cling to: it’s all founded in perfect love.

We can trust what God asks us to do, because He is faithful. He is truthful. And He loves us beyond measure. We may not understand the reasons and we may not be able to see how it’ll all pan out, but the Lord is faithful to His promises—and we can move forward in confident obedience because of that truth alone.

Reflect:
  1. What may God be calling you to do even though it doesn’t make sense?
  2. Pray over it: “Lord, I know that you are faithful. I know that whatever you call me to do, you will also empower me and see me through to the end. By the power of your Spirit, cast away all my fear, and thus, may I be obedient to you and your ways.”
1 Kings 17:8-16

The Widow at Zarephath

Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”

10 So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, “Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.”

12 But she said, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.”

13 But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”

15 So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. 16 There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.

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