: “And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.” - 1 Kings 17:13-14
COMMENT: An example of one who had such a trust in the Lord's goodness was the widow of Zarephath who lived at the time of the prophet Elijah. She remained obedient and unshaken in her faith in God Almighty even in the most trying of circumstances. Though there were many widows in the land, yet God asked Elijah the prophet to go to the widow at Zarephath, (Sarepta in the New Testament), a town between Tyre and Sidon. Elijah had asked the widow for “a little water in a vessel”, that he may drink. As she was going to bring it, he asked for “a morsel of bread in thine hand” as a result of which she said she and her son had barely enough for just one meal, after which they will wait for death. It was this honest declaration that prompted the promise from the man of God, that is the text for today. The woman had firm belief in the word of God through Elijah the prophet and so “the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.” ( 1 Kings 17:1-24) The examplary faith of the widow even in the most extreme situation and how God provided for her in the time of hunger teaches us to trust Him all the time, and that God works in ways we do not expect, His wonders to perform. God never fails or forsakes His people. - Hebrew 13:5,6.