PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Don't Underestimate GodJohn Tilton
1 Kings 17:9-17:9“Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”10So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?”11As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”12“As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”13Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.14For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the land.’”15She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.16For 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.
The widow initially and clearly took note of her circumstances at hand and let her circumstances of limited flour and oil guide her conclusions of her fate. Yet, God was and is so much greater then what we see before us in what is possible and miraculous. What is key here is that the widow was obedient in what Elijah asked her to do, which took faith on her part; especially with her desire to care for her son first rather then a stranger. She obviously trusted in the Lord and what Elijah was telling her.
I am often such a pragmatic and practical person basing my conclusions and decisions on what I can see and know. I tend to review the facts and come up with what seems to be the best decision at hand. Yet, I am reminded that God can do anything and that I cannot and should not underestimate God and his provisional power and authority. I am also reminded that coupled with not underestimating God is turning to him with obedience, pray and faith. I am encouraged to know that God can do so much more then what my mind tells me is possible.
Dear Lord, you are simply amazing! May I refrain from underestimating your authority, power and love for me. May I always remember that you want your best for me and that as I live from a heart fashioned after your love and will, I will conduct myself and be able to come to you with my needs and seeking your direction. I rest assured that my life is in your hands.