|What if I told you that when you believe God’s word, you will be rewarded for it? Yesterday we discussed how Jesus had difficulty performing miracles in Nazareth compared to other towns, due to their lack of faith. In Nazareth, Jesus was celebrated, but he said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’ ” Jesus continued to speak to his hometown crowd as he emphasized the faith of the widow in Zarephath.When Israel suffered a severe famine, the Prophet Elijah was directed to the widow in Zarephath who would provide for him. She only had enough flour and oil for her family’s last supper when the prophet asked for a drink and a piece of bread. Elijah encouraged her not to be afraid and believe in God’s provision. Despite all logic, she made the bread and gave it to him, and she never went hungry again.
Friend, like Elijah, the blessing of Jesus’ works would not come from the hometown crowd. Similar to Elijah, He was sent to people of faith. You have the same opportunity to choose to believe in God against all odds as the widow of Zarephath did. What is Jesus encouraging here? You too can take a huge risk, believe in God, and be rewarded for it. Faith like that is what you can walk in!