“Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” 1 Kings 17:9
The story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath is about how God met a need in an unexpected way. There is a drought in Israel which has caused a food shortage and Elijah is out in the wilderness hiding from King Ahab when God tells him to go to Zarephath.
When Elijah finds the widow God spoke of, she doesn’t exactly have a steak dinner ready for him. In fact, she only has enough food for one small meal for herself and her son.
So what was God thinking here? Couldn’t he have found someone a little better equipped for the job? Up to this point, Elijah had been eating food that birds brought to him. Why didn’t God just drop a feast in front of Elijah’s feet instead of making this widow give up what little she had?
Sometimes God gives us a command before giving us the means to carry out. It’s a way of testing our faith. If he had asked a rich man to feed Elijah, the man would rely on his own riches to carry out the command. The widow had to rely on God to provide.
The great thing is that the widow was blessed for her faith. Her supplies never ran out. God was more than able to supply the means for her to feed Elijah as well as herself and her son. He only needed her willingnes.
Never tell God, “I don’t have enough.” You may think you don’t have enough money, or enough love, or enough skill. Just remember that’s not why God called you. He asks for your availability, not your ability. Once you take a leap of faith and say “Thy will be done,” God will enable you to carry out the task.