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Elijah and the widow at Zarephath - Part II

Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth."
1 Kings 17 : 24


Good morning, friends.

The other day we saw that Elijah was helped by the widow and she was blessed miraculously. Now let us read the rest about that widow.

Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the LORD, “O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, let this boy's life return to him!” The LORD heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!” Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.”

We have so many messages from this passage.

One: The widow who was blessed miraculously by the Lord suffered when her son was severely ill and dead. The happy days were gone and it was the time she was undergoing a great pain in her heart. Though she indirectly blamed Elijah, she also realized that her sin might be the reason for that incident. When you face troubles, don’t just sit and keep on blaming someone else. Just ask the Lord to cleanse your heart. Don’t judge others for your own problems.

Two: When Elijah was questioned, he didn’t argue with her. He immediately felt the sorrow of the widow and he carried her son to his room. This indirectly tells us that he carried her burden as his own. Yes, we can fulfill the law of Christ only by carrying others’ burdens as ours. Galatians 6 : 2

Three: Elijah believed in prayer. He conveyed the widow’s pain to the Lord very effectively. The Lord listened to this righteous man’s prayer and raised the boy. Prayer brings victory. God will be pleased especially when you pray for others.

Four: When the Lord heard the prayers of Elijah, he not only provided food to the widow, but also provided her with the resuscitation of her son. Remember God is not only the God of small things, but also for big things. When you’re with God and He is in you, God can do mighty miracles to others through you.

Five: When her son was brought alive, the widow rejoiced and said, “I know you’re a man of God and the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.” What a wonderful testimony! If your neighbors are asked about who you’re, what is the word you can expect from them? A son/daughter of God or a black mark in the God’s people, but still carrying Bible all around and singing praises to Him? Watch your ways. Let others see you and your deeds and praise God for that. Matthew 5 : 16. Don’t be a hindrance towards others coming to Christ. Let His light flow through you.


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