1 Kings 17:8-16


"Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.’ So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, ‘Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.’ As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, ‘Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.’ But she said, ‘As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.’ Elijah said to her, ‘Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah" (1 KIngs 17:8-16).


This is one of the great prosperity lessons offered in Hebrew scripture. The story illustrates the spiritual Truth that we receive by giving. The widow is locked in lack consciousness; she sees what her senses tell her is lack and limitation. She has only a handful of meal and a little oil—barely enough for her and her son, and not enough to share with a guest. Elijah teaches the reverse of sense consciousness: Give freely and you will receive abundance as a result. When we become an open channel for infinite Good, we will experience that Good in our own lives as it flows through us and beyond, to others.


Rev. Ed