From Our Little, God Can Make A Lot!

Written by Schan B. Ellis

Schan_Ellis_square_200As I heard the woman of God encourage the parishioners from the pulpit, a rush of hope jetted through my body.  Though it felt like the streams of hope were traveling at record speeds, they stopped at each major vital vein and artery depositing its power and leaving traces of its presence.  I bet a million of my cells could be a witness to this awesome Word. It felt as if every organ could stand up and testify.  Just as my heart was about to do back flips, I yelled “Thank you Jesus!”  The party on the inside of me had to make its way to the outside.  It was just like fire to the tenth power shut up in my bones!  The message delivered by my dear sister in Christ was many, many months ago. Yet, it is still as fresh, anointed and on time as it was then.

Lets look at the text 1 Kings, chapter 17:9-12

(9) Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which [belongeth] to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. (10)  So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman [was] there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. (11) And as she was going to fetch [it], he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. (12) And she said, [As] the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I [am] gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

Now what is wrong with this picture?  I laugh to myself as I ask because there are several things wrong, but what leaps out to me most when I read these first few lines is “behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” It seems like this widow woman had all but given up and was just waiting to eat before going all the way.  In fact, she had made up in her mind to not let go and let God, but allow her let downs to cause her to let go and give up.  Someone right now that you may know or it may be you who’s made up in your minds that this thing you’re going through is simply too much and you are about ready to throw in the towel.  Giving up is the easiest thing to do, but staying the course and holding on though the pressure feels unbearable is more difficult.  This is where faith comes in.  Lets read a little further.

(13) And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go [and] do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring [it] unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. (14) For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day [that] the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.

That’s enough to give God some awesome thanks right there!  He’s declaring that what you do have, it shall NOT fail. The very thing that we believe is useless or powerless, God can use to produce a miracle.  The text goes on to declare that not only did God perform a miracle by multiplying her food by many days, God also restored life into her son who had fallen deathly ill.  From our little, God created a lot!  From our one seed, an entire harvest can be produced.  When we relinquish our will to God and trust in Him, even if we have the faith the size of a mustard seed, He will do what needs to be done exceedingly, abundant and above all that we may ask or think

Be Beautifully Inspired.

Sincerely, Schan

Copyright 2010

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