Summary: The widiws giving is a link for every believer to discover and grow there by. God's provision is coded within every believer as he or she follows His plan for their lives.
Provision Text: I Kings 17:1-7 NLT
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!” 2 Then the Lord said to Elijah, 3 “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River. 4 Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.”5 So Elijah did as the Lord told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. 7 But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land.
Elijah. His name means “the Lord is God.” Elijah’s ministry corresponded to his name: He was sent from God to confront Baalism and to declare to Israel that the Lord was God and there was no other. Elijah prayed for the drought and God answered, it didn’t rain for 31/2 years. No spring rains, and no dew on the ground. This drought proved that Baal, the god of the rains and fertility, was impotent before the Lord.
The first thing I would like to mention here is confrontation. Every believer will face times of confrontation. Confrontation isn’t fun but it is necessary.
Always stand for the truth. Never back down from God’s word.
Look at Verse 6 again, The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook.
*God can supernaturally provide for you. In Exodus 16, God fed Israel with manna and quail during Israel’s wilderness wanderings.
Listen to Philippians 4:19NKJ And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19TM You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.
The Philippians’ material needs, had been depleted to some extent because of their gracious gift. Notice verse 19 says, according to His riches! (His infinite resources)
Remember Mark 12: 38-44 Jesus also taught: “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. 39 And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets. 40 Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be more severely punished.” Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. 43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”