Until Famine Breaks

There’s a wonderful story in the Bible that exemplifies the power of merging the principles of faith and surrender. During a terrible famine, the Lord told the Prophet Elijah to,“Go to Zarephath… I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” (I Kings 17:9-16).

  • Make a note that the Lord did not command a wealthy businessman to provide for Elijah, but a destitute widow.

We enter the story with the woman facing starvation about to prepare a last meal for herself and her son. Amazingly, even though she is not an Israelite she greets Elijah with faith saying, “As the Lord your God lives. . .” (1 Kings 17:12).

God’s way to activate faith and to bring her into a supernatural provision was to require her to give over the little she had to fulfill the purpose of God. What seemed like an insensitive and even cruel command would become a new beginning, Elijah orders her to feed him first and then make food for herself and son. Although she did not know the plan and provision of God, Elijah knew and urged her into both faith and surrender. As a result a new season would begin for her and her son, God provided for her miraculously:

“The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty” until the famine broke (vs 16).

We must all, at times press into the prophetic promises of God and enter this “until famine breaks” season. Knowing how to set our eyes on God even in the midst of difficult times can release a courage that looks strange to those around us… yet to whom we look is more valuable than how we look. Faith in God and surrendering to the beat of His heart will always bring the breakthrough we desperately need in life (2 Sam 5:20).

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit” (1 Cor 2:9-10).

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