Let me tell you of a story and a lesson that’s to come,
Of a king, a godly prophet, also a widow and her son.
King Ahab was a mean king in the land of Israel.
He worshipped Baal (a false god); his wife was Jezebel.
Obedient to God, Elijah warned them of their sins.
A messenger sent by the Lord, his heart was pure within.
He told the king no rain would come for three and one-half years,
God hid him by a brook, commanding ravens feed him there.
God led him to a widow who would help take care of him,
But she only had enough to feed her son and then herself.
She said, “We’ll eat it, then we’ll die, for there is no more food.”
She wasn’t sure that she could trust Elijah’s words of truth.
Elijah said, “Fear not, just make a bread cake that’s for me.
Then make one for your son and for yourself, and you will see.”
Elijah knew God would provide the oil and flour, too;
Until He sent the rain again, there would be plenty food.
The widow’s son grew ill one day, and then the child was dead.
They did not understand why God allowed this as he had.
Elijah took the boy upstairs and placed him on his bed.
He prayed that God would once again give life back to this lad.
Three times Elijah covered him and cried out to the Lord.
Inside that upper room, he prayed to Him with all his heart.
God did hear and brought life back into this widow’s boy.
Elijah spoke the truth; the widow now believed with joy!
If you believe and trust in God, obey Him every day,
You will find He will provide for you in every way.
Three Lessons from this Bible Story:
(1) Obedience: When we obey God, He blesses us.
(2) Choices: Ahab made a bad choice when he married Jezebel, an unbeliever. She also brought worship of a false god (Baal) into their home.
(3) Provisions: God provided protection for Elijah from any threats by King Ahab and Jezebel. He provided water from the brook and commanded the ravens to bring him food. When the brook ran dry from lack of rain, God led him to the widow’s home. Although the widow’s flour and oil supply was almost gone, God supernaturally made those ingredients last until He sent the rain (three and a half years later). God also brought the widow’s son back to life when Elijah prayed for him.
(Scripture References: 1 Kings 17 and Luke 4:25-26)