A third miracle—and a more dramatic one—took place next in 1 Kings 17. The widow’s son became ill and died (v. 17), but God raised him from the dead through the ministry of Elijah. We’re reminded of the reality and pain of death in this story. Stories of death are all around us. At any moment, a loved one could take his or her last breath. Like in this story, just when things seem to be working out wonderfully, death can take someone. In this case, it was a precious child.
But there is hope beyond the grave for every grieving believer: God raises the dead. God gives us a little sign of his resurrection power in this Old Testament story.
We should look forward to the resurrection when Christ comes again. Yet in the present, we should ask God to do what only He can do—raise spiritually dead people to life (Eph. 2:4-5). This young boy eventually died again. What everyone needs is to be raised up forever by the resurrection power of God through faith in His Son, Jesus.
How might this story inspire you to pray more fervently?