Learning From Widows

1 Kings 17:13-14
“And Elijah said to her, ‘Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.'”

Sometimes, God chooses the most unlikely candidate as His teaching vessel. Here, and again in New Testament, we find poor widows, with almost no resources, being used to illustrate the principle of giving.

While at the Temple, Jesus pointed out a poor woman who put two small coins in the offering.  He declared, she had given more than anyone else, because she gave all she had. We learn, in God’s economy, gifts are measured, not by their dollar amount, but by the what it costs the giver.

Here, in 1 Kings 17, we learn that giving to the work of the Lord should be considered a first priority. We find a woman, with limited resources, being challenged to make an offering from what she has, before using what remained for her family.

I have found most people struggle to bring in enough resources to provide for their needs. Teenagers barely make enough to put gas in the car, and have a few fast food meals with their friends. Young married couples struggle to pay rent, and set aside enough in case their beat-up old car breaks down. Then when a baby comes, income appears to go down and expenses rise. It seems,  as life goes on, we tend to have just enough resources to survive, and rarely do we have any extra. Because of this, many believers never practice giving.  Somewhere, in the back of our minds, we think that once we get a little more, we can start to give, and rarely does that time ever come. Paul wrote,

“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”  2 Corinthians 9:7

Instead of waiting until you have an excess, take some time to sit before the Lord and determine what you can offer in faith. It might be a dollar or ten, but at least you are taking Him at His word and investing in the kingdom.

Pastor Jim

 

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