Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Always Enough

Have you ever had "zero miles to empty" on the meter and still manage to get to the gas station? Or been able to find just enough change for the parking meter, when you're already late for an appointment? Or have just enough food to serve the guests that you didn't plan on? There always seems to be enough to meet our needs, maybe not our desires by always our needs. There is a bible story in 1Kings 17:7-15 I remember being told when I was a child about a widow who was running low on oil and flour and God sent Elijah to her. When Elijah asked for some bread the woman told him of how she didn't have the means to make bread, and Elijah instructed her to go and make bread for him, and that she would have enough flour and oil to feed her and her son until the Lord sent rain. She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For 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. (1Kings 17:15-16)

When I think back on this story I can't help and see the correlation with my personal life, for many times we have been in situations where I wasn't sure how our needs would be met. When reflecting on this story there are two things that stick out to me.

1.Providing the flour and oil was meeting her need
2. She was continent and obedient.

Now she could have been a little put out that there wasn't a Lamb, or goat in the deal. I mean who wouldn't want something to slap between two pieces of bread when you're hungry. However she was content to have her needs met. In 1Tim 6:8 it says But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. She was also obedient, Elijah instructed her to bring him bread then make bread for her and her son. She didn't grumble or sneak a bite, even though she was hungry as well, she was obedient in spite of her circumstances, and in turn was rewarded with endless oil and flour to feed them all.

There have been time in our life that our financial situation has been like a dress that fits perfectly, however one donut and were busting out at the seams. God has always managed to provide for us, and I am thankful that he allowed us to learn from each of those situations. We have learned to give to Him first, for without him we are nothing. We have also learned to be content with having out needs met, even if a big fat Goat sandwich would taste divine, we are content and thankful for our bread! There is always enough because HE is ALWAYS enough!

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