The drought had taken its toll and food could not be found. It didn’t matter if you were well off or not. There just wasn’t anything. She was a widow with little income or property to speak of. Now she looked upon her son and the bit of oil and flour she had. It was not going to be the greatest meal of her life, but it was going to be the most important. For it would be the last. They would have to enjoy it like no other. Then into her life walked one of the greatest prophets that ever walked the earth, a man of immense power. He had prayed and the rain had stopped. He had defeated 450 of Baal’s priest. He challenged the king himself. All she had to do was obey this man, feed him and she would go without hunger. To her credit she had just enough faith and the oil and flour never ran out.
Unfortunately her son died. Now this woman, who had been living by faith, lost all faith. She was angry as she accused the prophet and God. “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!” (1 kings 17:18) Had the widow forgotten that her son and her would already be dead were it not for Elijah. Perhaps she felt God owed her something for taking care of His prophet. Perhaps there was something in her past that caused her great guilt. The bible does not give us any revelation concerning her statement. But the anger and passion is evident. It is also evident that she now doubted if He was a man of God. She may have said “O man of God” sarcastically, for later she would say “Now I know that you are a man of God.” (1 kings 17:24)
How many times has God done something miraculous in our lives? How many times has He saved us? How many times has He guided us? We know that God is real and we have known his power at a personal level. Yet as soon as something goes wrong, that little “monster” called doubt shows his ugly head. It is human nature to forget the good of the recent past and fret over the difficulties of the present. We are all guilty of this. Yet God in His mercy continues to work in our lives. Perhaps each new dilemma is God just trying to teach us faith yet again, since we appear to be poor students.
Elijah took the boy and carried him to the upper room. There he prayed to the God that had never failed him and the boy that was dead breathed again. Now the widow said a most famous line “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth.” (1 kings 17:24) How could she have ever doubted Elijah and how can we ever doubt our God?
More on Elijah
- Altered At The Altar (organicmercy.wordpress.com)
- Elijah (Chronicles of Faith) by Susan Martins Miller (readerviewskidsarchives.wordpress.com)
- Elijah & The Miraculous Jar of Oil (lacykitkat.wordpress.com)
- Widow of Zaraphath (herbjordan.wordpress.com)
- When Only God Can Provide (servantsisters.org)
- Living in the Zone: Who is First? (themicahblog.wordpress.com)