A Rich Widow In A Poor Country

14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”
1 Kings 17:14 (NLT)

This article is about another testimony on a believer who got rich while living in a poor country. Let me start from the background.

Prophet Elijah had confessed famine on the entire Israel.

1 Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, “As surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!”
1 Kings 17:1 (NLT)

A few years without rain in an agrarian country that did not have good irrigation means famine. The entire Israel became a poor country. It is logical to conclude that the people there were also poor. Religious people will ask, “How about believers there? Were there also poor?” We shall study deeper into this subject.

After Elijah’s confession, God told him to go East and hide there where he would be supplied with water and food. The Lord used ravens to bring food to Elijah. God is very creative especially in meeting our needs. This is something we must always remember when we face “impossible” situations in our lives.

After the water supplied ran dry, the Lord told Elijah to go to a village where He had arranged for a widow to feed him.

8 Then the Lord said to Elijah, 9 “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”
1 Kings 17:8 (NLT)

So, Elijah obeyed and went there. However, there was a problem.

10 So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, “Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?”
11 As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.”
12 But she said, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.”
1 Kings 17:10-12 (NLT)

The widow who was supposed to feed Elijah was very poor. She was so poor that she could specify accurately the amount of food she had – a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I call that extremely poor. Not only that, she told the prophet that she planned to eat her last meal with her son before committing suicide. She was desperately poor. What would you do if you were Elijah? God told you to get food from a widow but that widow turned out to be poorer than you.

This is what Elijah did.

13 But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son.
1 Kings 17:13 (NLT)

He told her not to be afraid and make bread for him. Then use the leftover for her and her son. Don’t you think such statements were a little out of place? You would have think of Elijah as a crook if you don’t read in context. If there were theologians there, I am sure the following headlines would appear in their websites:

“Prosperity Preacher Elijah Demanded Food From Poor Widow.”

Then, they will proceed to slander and spread lies on him as they are doing to Christian preachers now. Thank God, there were no theologians there. The question remains, why did Elijah ask the widow for her last meal?

14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”
1 Kings 17:14 (NLT)

Elijah was bringing the blessing from God to this widow. God will ensure that there will always be flour and olive oil left in her containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again. In other words, this widow would have unlimited supply of flour and olive oil until the famine was over. The poor widow was no longer poor. She and her son did not have to die anymore. In fact, if she was smart she could use some of her unlimited supply of flour and olive oil to buy over her neighbors’ farms so that by the time the famine was over, she would become very rich.

15 So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her son continued to eat for many days.
16 There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.
1 Kings 17:15-16 (NLT)

This is another example that shows us our God can make us rich even if we are physically living in a poor country.

So, it has a positive ending. However, the earlier question is still unanswered. Why did Elijah asked the widow to make him bread first? Why did he not give her the unlimited supply of flour and olive oil before he asked her for food? The answer is – The Law of Sowing and Reaping. That bread Elijah asked from the widow was her seed before he could release her harvest of unlimited supply of flour and olive oil to her.

There are lessons we can learn here.

We must sow seeds before we can receive our harvest.
It is always God’s intention for us to receive our harvests. Sowing seeds precedes harvests. There are harvests on everything we ever desire – health, wealth, success and prosperity in every area in our lives. However, the law of nature requires us to sow seeds for our harvest to manifest in our lives. The harvest belongs to the owner of the seed sown.

This was why, Elijah asked the widow to make him a little bread with her flour and oil. Since that widow owned the flour and olive oil in that bread, then the harvest of unlimited supply of flour and olive oil was also hers. The lesson here: Whatever you want in your harvest, sow seeds of the same kind. For example, if you want to have a lot of money, sow money.

You can afford your seed. Sow what you have.
Elijah asked the widow what she had before asking her to sow. Since she had only flour and olive oil, he asked her to make him some bread. This means we can always afford our seeds. Sow what you have. As long as the seeds we sow are legally ours, the harvests will also be legally ours. Do not despise your seed no matter how small they are. How much flour and olive oil do you think that widow used to make bread for Elijah? It must be lesser that what she had. Yet, she received the harvest of unlimited supply of flour and olive oil from those seeds.

You may have only one dollar in your pocket but if you sow it as your seed, it will return to your in a harvest of millions of dollars.

In conclusion, it doesn’t matter what situation you are in right now. The Law of Sowing and Reaping still works. Use it wisely and you will have riches beyond your wildest dreams.

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One Response to “A Rich Widow In A Poor Country”

  1. Music Of My Heart by Nicole Mullen Tuesday, August 19, 2008 « CAFE SOZO Says:

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