A story of endurance and faith in desperate times, based on 1 Kings 17:8-24.
Elijah the prophet has told Ahab the wicked King that there will be no rain or dew in Israel, because “Ahab … did more to arouse the anger of the Lord …
God tells Elijah to go to a foreign (godless) land to lodge with a widow, i.e. a woman with no means of support! Does Elijah need to learn some humility? or to depend on God? Elijah finds her and begs (with a stunning lack of sensitivity) for water and bread from her – she replies that she is in a desperate state (v12).
Note that God does not promise a miraculous end to the drought, or even a miraculous but isolated plenty in the place where Elijah is going. God promises only enough for today, and then the next day, and so on; Elijah and his adopted family can see no way out, they have no security other than God’s promise in the midst of catastrophe.
However, the situation grows even worse. The widow’s only son dies and, with him, her only hope of survival after Elijah has gone and into her old age dies too. Naturally, she is heartbroken and angry with the man of God. Tragically, she assumes that she
The rich, the powerful, the leaders who should be doing God’s will, have led the whole nation into sin. Big issues are being worked out here, with big consequences. Unfortunately, even God’s prophet, and the
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A Christian Perspective
Jesus’ approach is to draw people to him, not to condemn their sin, but to bring them healing and to know the presence of God. In Jesus