You must have a word

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.  1Kings 17:8-9

You must have a word.

There was severe famine in the land, as there was no rain meaning one thing: hunger

However the word of the Lord came to Elijah so he could be rest assured that even though everyone might be experiencing hunger, as for him, God had made provision for him

God always provide for His own.

In the verse above, he told him I have commanded a widow to sustain you. 
How will a widow sustain him in famine? that was not his business, all he knew was God had spoken....and he had God's word to hold onto.

Before the issues of life come calling as they will definitely come, you must have a word from the Lord that you are holding onto.

Jesus said in John 16:33
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

He is saying here, we will have problems as long as we are in this world, however He gave his word
'Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world
In me you will have peace

A believer who has this word will not be agitated therefore when tribulations come, he or she will have peace in the midst of the challenges he is facing with the assurance that he will come out of the challenges victoriously.

What about those times the challenges seem overwhelming?

Let's look at Elijah, How would a widow sustain him in famine? 
He could have questioned it because when you hear of a widow, what readily comes to mind is a woman on her own barely surviving as the husband is deceased.

But God had spoken. 'Go to this widow she will sustain you'.

As I meditated on this, I thought 'Lord, surely you knew this widow barely had food in her house to feed herself and her son yet you sent Elijah there. Why?

I didn't want to just read this bible passage and jog along as I knew there must be something I could glean from here so I kept meditating.

Then the Lord brought to my mind 2 Kings 7:1

This was when Elisha prophesied and said 'Hear ye the word of the Lord, thus saith the Lord, tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel in the gate of Samaria.

There was severe famine in the land but God said by the next day food will be sold for say a penny in today's currency.
This was at a time when bird's poo (faeces) was sold for 5 pieces of silver and people were boiling their children to eat. 2 Kings 6:25-29.
The famine was grievous in Samaria.

The human brain will struggle to understand how there could be severe famine today and by tomorrow, food will become so cheap it will be sold for a penny.

God is not sitting in heaven thinking how He will solve your problem. He has the solution already.

You might say but my problem is a big one, it might be big in your eyes and look impossible but God knows what to do.

When Elisha prophesied and said by tomorrow, fine flour will be sold for a shekel in a land of severe famine, the solution was already next door.

Let's go to 2 Kings 7:6-7 - For the Lord had made the host of Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to come upon us.
Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight and left their tents and their horses and their asses even the camp as it was and fled for their life.

God had provided the food by making their neighbours, the Syrians hear a noise and run away leaving all their food and possession which the children of God through the lepers came later to find out and possessed.

I meditated on this and thought to myself 'So Lord, once you give your word over anything, no matter how hard the challenge is, it will come to pass because your word is forever settled.

Now back to our main story, then I thought to myself 'when Elijah entered the city, met the widow who God said will sustain him and asked her to bring him food (verse 12) and she said 'I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel and a little oil in a cruse and behold I am gathering two sticks that I may go in and dress it for me and my son that we may eat it and die.

What went on in Elijah's mind? Did doubt arose? Did He think God got it wrong? or did He say to himself 'I know my redeemer liveth, God cannot lie, if He said it, it will surely come to pass.
He had spoken and said this widow will sustain me, how it will happen, I don't know but it will.

Once you have the word, trust God completely.

If Elijah had turned back after seeing that the widow barely had food, he would never have witnessed that supernatural provision from God.

Believers say 'I read these things in the bible but I don't see them manifesting in my life. The truth is the word of God He sent to you is 'life' it cannot fail.
You have to go beyond the level of 'seeing before believing'
You have to trust God completely.

A widow can feed a nation if it is the Lord that has spoken it for 'Faithful is he that calleth you who also will do it. I Thessalonians 5:24

Your change will surely  come.

1Kings 17:16 - And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord whichh he spake by Elijah.

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