The Power of Desperate Faith

“She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.”

– 1 Kings 17:15,16

Few Biblical faith stories comfort and encourage me more than that of the widow who gave her last bit of food to the prophet Elijah. She was desperately aware of her plight and she knew that the meager portion she had left would not be enough to keep her son from starving. As a parent, I can only imagine how painful it was to see her precious child so desperately hungry yet be helpless to help him. Perhaps it was the knowledge that even a few bites of the bread she would prepare with her remaining rations would not be enough to satisfy his pangs that caused her to say “yes” to the prophet’s request. Maybe she knew inherently that the little she could do in her own strength could not save them, so she told herself that it was worth taking a risk and putting faith in something she didn’t understand. Whatever it was, she trusted Elijah and chose to believe that her willingness to give it all away would result in something greater…and it did. From that point on, she had a magic bowl of bread and oil that never ran out because God did exceedingly, abundantly more than she could have asked for or imagined. Her faith invited supernatural provision that was an ongoing testimony to the presence of the Living Lord in her life.

My friend, there is power in desperate faith! No matter how bad things look or how close you are to giving up, I beg you not to lose hope. You have a friend in Heaven who loves you beyond comprehension, and before time began, He dispatched a divine solution to every problem you will ever face. Your steps are ordered by His Hand and He delights in satisfying your needs and taking care of you. Trust the incomprehensibly great love He has poured into your heart and expect Him to meet you in your present circumstances with all His greatness and glory!


Jesus, like the widow, I will give you everything I have because I trust you to take care of me.


Has God ever asked you to give up even the little that you had left? If so, how did He provide for you?

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