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To Sacrifice is to Gain

In Kings 17:7-24, the Lord commands Elijah to go to Zarephath to stay with a widow who is to supply him with food. When he finds her, she is gathering firewood to cook what remains of her food as a last meal for herself and her son, then inevitably die of starvation. Hearing her, Elijah tells her to make the meal, but to bring him a little water and bread first. He tells her to not be afraid because the Lord will provide for her.

The woman does as Elijah says, and the Lord provided food for her family every day after. Her jar of flour was not used up, and the jug of oil never ran dry.

Because of her obedience and faith, the Lord allowed her to experience a miracle. The widow did not hesitate to do what Elijah asked or even feed herself and her son first just to be sure they could eat one last time. Instead, she gave all that she had, feeding Elijah first, and trusting that his words were true.

Like the widow who relied on the truth of God’s words, when we give God everything we have first, understanding that it was His to begin with, we will always gain.

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