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FAITH OF A DESPERATE SINGLE MOM

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Sermon shared by Andrew Chan

May 2003
Summary: This single momís faith has great lessons for us as we celebrate Motherís Day in 2003.
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Audience: General adults
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it, he called out, "And while youíre at it, would you bring me something to eat?"
12She said, "I swear, as surely as your GOD lives, I donít have so much as a biscuit. I have a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a bottle; you found me scratching together just enough firewood to make a last meal for my son and me. After we eat it, weíll die."
13Elijah said to her, "Donít worry about a thing. Go ahead and do what youíve said. But first make a small biscuit for me and bring it back here. Then go ahead and make a meal from whatís left for you and your son. 14This is the word of the GOD of Israel: "The jar of flour will not run out and the bottle of oil will not become empty before GOD sends rain on the land and ends this drought.í"
15And she went right off and did it, did just as Elijah asked. And it turned out as he said--daily food for her and her family. 16The jar of meal didnít run out and the bottle of oil didnít become empty: GODís promise fulfilled to the letter, exactly as Elijah had delivered it!
17Later on the womanís son became sick. The sickness took a turn for the worse--and then he stopped breathing.
18The woman said to Elijah, "Why did you ever show up here in the first place--a holy man barging in, exposing my sins, and killing my son?"
19Elijah said, "Hand me your son."
He then took him from her bosom, carried him up to the loft where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. 20Then he prayed, "O GOD, my God, why have you brought this terrible thing on this widow who has opened her home to me? Why have you killed her son?"
21Three times he stretched himself out full-length on the boy, praying with all his might, "GOD, my God, put breath back into this boyís body!" 22GOD listened to Elijahís prayer and put breath back into his body--he was alive! 23Elijah picked the boy up, carried him downstairs from the loft, and gave him to his mother. "Hereís your son," said Elijah, "alive!"
24The woman said to Elijah, "I see it all now--you are a holy man. When you speak, GOD speaks--a true word!"

In this story we can see this mother went through a lot. She experienced a real roller-coaster of emotions didnít she, famine in the land, almost dying of hunger, no husband to provide for her? A single mom with a son to feed? I know thatís tough for I have 3 sons to feedÖ It can be stressful! How do u think she feels?

Then she experienced the joyous providence of God when Elijah the prophet entered into the picture. She had food to eat. It was miraculous. Ah, joy! But suddenly her son took a turn for the worst. The boy couldnít breathe, as if SARS had attacked him, he stopped breathing Ė he was dead. Her world just fell apart and v.18 speaks of her utter despair. Her hopes for the future is gone, she has no one left in her life Ė alone, afraid, with no backup plan, no life insurance, nothing! Perhaps she felt guilty of her sins Ė but most of all, it was just pure pain!

Donít we react the same way, many times we ask Why?
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