Service, Trust

Following God’s Script

I have been pondering on the story of the widow of Zarephath and Elijah in 1 Kings 17: 1-16. My eyes and mind have been fixed on  verse 9. God told Elijah,  “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”

On getting to Zarephath, we discover that this widow had needs and in fact was poor. She was happy to serve Elijah water when he requested for it however notice that when he requested for food, the widow had a story to tell. The intriguing part of the story is that God had said earlier that He had commanded this specific widow. Surprisingly, it was not recorded in the bible that God pre-informed this widow about the prophet’s visitation.

In the absence of detailed background of this widow; I make a guess that she knew God and therefore believed the words of prophet Elijah and thus followed his instructions? Or could it be that she felt propelled by “something” within her to be sacrificial and generous? If God had pre-warned her, would it have changed her disposition?

Linking it back to my day-day activities; there is a possibility that I have acted the ‘role of the widow’ in people’s lives without necessarily realising that I was following God’s script or aware that the recipients of these good acts were under specific instructions.


Singled Out 

It is wonderful how some verses get impressed in ones’s heart so strongly that you read them over and over again. I am sure I have read Luke 4 several times before however verses 25-27 where a bomb shell for me today. I like the Amplified Version.

Here, Jesus was conversing with folks in his hometown, “But in truth I say to you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was closed up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; and yet Elijah was not sent [by the Lord] to a single one of them, but only to Zarephath in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and not one of them was cleansed [by being healed] except Naaman the Syrian.”

The questions I had: why that specific widow? And why Naaman?

Whilst thinking through the questions, few other scenarios came to my mind.
The man by the pool of Bethesda. John 5:2-9. Surely there were other men/women by that pool; many with longer standing issues (> 38 yrs) and some with < 38 years. Old, young, middle-age. But it was recorded that he met one specific man.

Mary the mother of Jesus could not have been the only virgin. Angel Gabriel called her, “blessed among all women”. (Luke 1:27-28).

Esther was not the only virgin prepared for the King, yet she was chosen out of many. (Esther 2)

There must be something that attracted God to these ones. If the criteria was anyone widow in Zarephath, other widows qualified. If it was virginity and well-groomed body, others as well as Esther qualified, if it was being handicapped, others at the pool qualified.

What singled out these ones? GRACE, FAVOUR, MERCY.

I could not resist the prayer point, King of Glory, by your Grace, single me out for favours in Jesus name. Amen