God cares a lot about faith and wants you to trust Him. Today, we will see the widow’s faith in Zarephath as found in 1 Kings, Chapter 17. Zarephath was a Phoenician city on the Mediterranean coast. Because of a terrible drought, people were not only thirsty; they were starving for food. The Lord instructed the prophet, Elijah, saying: Go to Zarephath and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.
Isn’t it interesting that God would direct Elijah to one without resources or hope as a supply source? So Elijah went to Zarephath and saw the widow there gathering sticks. He asked her, “Bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink.” He also had the audacity to ask for a piece of bread. She says to him, as surely as the Lord your God lives, implying she was not an Israelite, I don’t have any bread. Only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug to make a meal for myself and my son so that we may eat it and die. Elijah tells her not to be afraid and assures her of God’s provision.
Friend, something sparked in her heart, and it wasn’t just reflected in what she said; it was reflected in what she did. By faith, she obeyed Elijah. God provided food every day for Elijah, the woman, and her family. The jar of flour and the jug of oil did not run out, keeping with the Word of the Lord. The Lord wants to respond to our faith as well, and we can trust the Word of the Lord!