Meeting Needs

Arise, get you to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow there to sustain you. So he arose and went to Zarephath; and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks: and he called to her, and said, “Please get me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” As she was going to get it, he called to her, and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” She said, “As Yahweh your God lives, I don’t have a cake, but a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the jar: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid; go and do as you have said; but make me of it a little cake first, and bring it forth to me, and afterward make for you and for your son. For thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, The jar of meal shall not empty, neither shall the jar of oil fail, until the day that Yahweh sends rain on the earth.” She went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, ate many days. The jar of meal didn’t empty; neither did the jar of oil fail, according to the word of Yahweh, which he spoke by Elijah. -1 Kings 17:9-16 (WEB)

They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. -Acts 2:45 (WEB)

While reading Terri Blackstock’s book, Last Light, I wondered how we would fare if there really was a sudden cessation of all electrical power and all electronic devices stopped working. No batteries, no telephones, no computers, no automobiles. Of course, people who don’t depend on those modern conveniences would hardly notice. But, what about those of us who do depend on them?

How would we handle not being able to buy food at the store because the store has no way to get any food? How would we handle not having any heat or air conditioning in our homes, or running water, or electric lights? And those emergency flashlights. What if they wouldn’t work, either?

Would we act as many of the people in Terri’s novel did and throw all of our common decency out the window, taking from others whatever we needed and thinking only about ourselves and our families? Or, would we be like the few people who decided to live out their Christian faith by sharing what little they had with those who had nothing? Would we step out in faith like the widow of Zarephath and share our last bit of food with a stranger? Would we really believe that our God would meet all our needs? I wonder.

Help us, O God, to act out our faith by sharing what we have with those who are in need. Help us to trust you to meet all our needs. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Closing Thought
Who do I know who has a need I can meet today?

Copyright © 2006, Star M. Ferdinand. All Rights Reserved.

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