In today’s biblical reading, Elijah came to visit the widow of Zarephath, who had only one meal left. The Bible says in Luke 4:25-26 that there were many widows in the land, but Elijah was sent only to this one. The reason is that God had chosen to bless her with supernatural provisions. Even though God had chosen to bless her, she needed to give something for the blessing to manifest.

When Elijah asked for her last meal, she could have said, ‘Are you trying to take the last meal from a widow and her son? And you call yourself a man of God.’ However, she obeyed and brought the meal to Elijah, and from that moment on, lack became a thing of the past in her family.

God is the owner of heaven and earth; He can have anything He needs without the help of any human being. He said in Psalm 50:10-12 that if He were hungry, He could eat any cattle on a thousand hills because they belong to Him. However, as great as He is, sometimes He asks a person to give Him something. When He does that, it’s because He has chosen to bless that person. God could have provided for Elijah in one way or another. He had been feeding him for months using birds. In 1 Kings 19:4-8, when Elijah was hungry, an angel brought him food and water, so when the brook dried up, God could have sent angels to feed him. It wasn’t Elijah who needed help; it was the widow of Zarephath; she needed it the most.

When God decides to meet your needs, I pray that you do not resist His will.

In 2 Kings 4:8-17, you will see the story of the great woman of Shunem. She saw the man of God passing by, and God prompted her to invite him to eat. Elisha refused, but the Bible says she constrained him. Something in her urged her:

‘Do not let this man of God leave until you have blessed him.’

Elisha ate the meal and kept coming back for more. She continued to feed him and even built a room for him. Then one day, God ended her barrenness when Elisha prayed for her. God prompted her to do the things she did, and although they cost her money, she received in return what money couldn’t buy. May you cooperate with God the day He decides to bless you, in the name of Jesus.

This text is an excerpt from the book “The Open Heavens: A Daily Guide to Intimate Communion with God 2024.” written by the Pastor Enoch A. ADEBOYE.

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