"I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die" (1 Kings 17:12).
Imagine telling a widow who was about to eat her last meal with her only son to give you a portion of that meal. That would seem like a cruel and unusually selfish thing to do. Imagine you have a need for provision and God tells you to go to the most desperate person in the land to get your provision.
God led Elijah to a poor widow who was on her last meal of flour. Why would God lead Elijah from one desperate situation into another? He wished to perform yet another miracle and show His faithfulness to those who needed it most.
Elijah proceeded to tell the widow: "But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land’" (1 Kings 17:13-14).
Would you have questioned such logic in the face of a life-threatening situation? The woman demonstrates her faith in God and Elijah by giving him her last meal. This act of faith insured that her provision would be there day after day. God multiplied her flour and her jug of oil. Provision followed obedience.
"For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah" (1 Kings 17:16).
God often multiplies what we already have in our hand in a miraculous way when we yield it to Him. God took her only resource just like He took the loaves and fishes, and multiplied it for those who were in need.
God has placed skills and resources in our hand already. We need to apply faith to that which He has placed in our hand in order to see His provision manifested through them.
Before going on to examine some of the major ways in which life breaks us, we pause to review what we have been saying over these past few days. We said that while the same things may happen to us all, they do not have the same effect upon us all. Life’s blows make some people querulous and bitter; others, they sweeten and refine. We also saw that the reason some respond to life positively and turn their problems into possibilities is because of right inner attitudes. There are many non-Christians who put us to shame when it comes to the question of rightly responding to life, and it is high time, therefore, that we Christians got our philosophy of living sorted out once and for all. If, as the Scripture teaches, God will let nothing happen to one of His children without supplying the necessary grace to turn the stumbling block into a stepping stone, then we ought to be ahead of the world in demonstrating how to meet whatever life sends us with confidence and faith. Be quite clear about this: no one can fully represent the Christian way of living until they commit themselves to believing that, though God may allow what appears to be a disaster in the life of one of His children, He does so only if He can turn it to good effect. If transformation is not possible, then God would never have allowed it to happen in the first place. So let this truth sink deep into your spirit – God only allows what He can use.
Father, I come to You now to ask that this truth be so impressed upon me during the weeks ahead that never again will I have to be reminded of it. For Your own dear Name’s sake. Amen.
Respect is earned..
And if you think that is Democracy…You best think again..
Lucky he lives to talk about it..
The cackling hens?
Is Ebola a threat to us?
Barack and Michelle are at the Red Sox game.
Sitting in the first row with the Secret Service people directly behind them, one of The Secret Service guys leans forward and says something to the President.
Barack stares at the guy, looks at Michelle, looks back at the agent, and shakes his head violently.
The agent then says, “Mr. President, it was a unanimous request, from the owner of the team down to the bat boy. And the fans would love it!”
So, Barack shrugs his shoulders and says, “If that’s what the people want.”
He gets up, grabs Michelle by her collar and the seat of her pants, and drops her right over the wall into the field. She gets up kicking, swearing, and screaming — and the crowd goes wild, cheering, applauding, and high-fiving.
Barack is bowing and smiling, and leans over to the agent and says, “You were right, I would have never believed that!”
Then noticing the agent has gone totally pale. Barack asks what is wrong.
The agent replies, “Sir, I said, they want you to throw out the first PITCH!”
From Bloomberg’s Everytown Against Gun Violence..
Originally posted on Rare:
Marcus Luttrell, the decorated Navy SEAL and subject of the 2013 film “Lone Survivor,” criticized former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura on Facebook for successfully suing the widow of murdered SEAL Chris Kyle.
On Tuesday, Ventura was awarded a $1.8 million settlement against the estate of Kyle, who he claimed damaged his ability to make a livelihood after defaming in in print and television.
“I don’t want to formally say anything because I don’t want to get sued but this about sums it up,” Lutrell wrote after posting two memes critical of Ventura.
Well said, Marcus. Well said.