In my reading, I came across the article 10 Tips for First Time Obedience by Kathie Morrissey. As a mother of adult children, I believe she mentions some really good points here. One thing that she says is, “if our kids can obey us the 3rd or 4th time we tell them something, they have the ability to obey the FIRST time, so why not require it?”
That’s so true. I remember the days of training little ones, and occasionally feeling like they were training me. But somehow my crew and me survived those years.
As I read the story of Elijah and The Widow, I noticed that when the brook where Elijah was camped out had dried up, he received a word from the Lord. “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”
So get this.
While it seemed that Elijah had run out of resources, God had a plan.
I remind myself of this during challenging times, when all seems lost.
God has a plan.
In the midst of Elijah’s situation, God was already working out the plan with the widow, while Elijah was still in a dried up situation.
When Elijah did arrive and ask her for bread and water, she explained to him her lack. Basically she had given up on a future for her and her son. I don’t know if the widow didn’t hear God or if she was trying to devalue what He was saying in light of her current situation.
I know I’ve done that. Have you done the same thing? “Oh I can’t volunteer.” I don’t have time.” Or, “I can’t give. You know I’ve got bills.” As if the Creator of the universe is completely unaware of our issues when He speaks.
It’s easy to do. Sometimes we look at our resources of time, energy, money and draw a logical conclusion of what we can and cannot do, disregarding the word God has spoken. The problem is, that’s not how things work in God’s realm. It is a realm of faith and does not rely on our rational thinking.
I often remind myself that God has a plan. He didn’t just see us hungry and realize he needed to create a source for food. It was there in the beginning. He didn’t just blow the breath of life into Adam and then try to figure how he would keep breathing. Andrew Wommack said, “God has already anticipated your problem and created your supply before you ever had the need.”
God chose to bless Elijah through the widow of Zarepheth, and it wasn’t based on what she had in her tent. It was based on the Word He had spoken and her obedience. Surrendering to the plan of God brought life to her and her son.
In the same way God has spoken a word over your life. His word often coaxes you out of your comfort zone and requires your complete dependence on Him.
But whom God calls he equips.
So what is it for you? What’s God calling you to do?
“He has given you everything you need for life and godliness.” -2 Peter 1:3
So count the costs, but don’t change His goal.
Because with God, you’ve got what it takes.
Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.