In this passage, God provided for His prophet through a widow at Zarephath. She had nothing to offer but a handful of flour and a bit of oil, but God multiplied these meager supplies. Elijah promised the widow that if she would bake him a cake before feeding herself and her son that the flour jar would not be empty and the oil would not run out. She submitted to Elijah’s word, and her household ate for days. This all took place according to the word of God (17:8,14,15,16).
Observe God’s sovereignty and grace. God chose this widow to provide for Elijah. God told Elijah, “I have commanded a widow there to feed you” (v. 9). But we don’t read that God ever spoke directly to the widow. Even though she may not have heard this news from a prophet beforehand, God proclaimed it to be so because He is the only sovereign. He works in the hearts of the mighty and in the hearts of the lowly to accomplish His purposes.
How might this passage address the times when you are anxious, afraid, or overwhelmed by the cares of this life?