“The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth” (I kings 17:14).
There was famine in the entire nation but the widow of Zarephath was fed miraculously. Poverty was there everywhere but not to her. Hunger and starvation were there everywhere but she was filled with everything. The Scripture says, “The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing” (Psalms 34:10).
The place Zarephath pointed out in the Scripture was a place devoid of rain and so a place of poverty. The famine is a curse descending on a nation. We see many instances of famine in the Scripture. It is because of the famine Abraham had to go to Egypt and Isaac had to go to Gerar (Abraham 12:10, 26:1). Jacob's family migrated to Egypt and Naomi's family had to shift from Bethlehem to Moab for survival.
When people were running here and there in search of food, the widow of Zarephath stayed at her place peacefully. All that she had was only a handful of flour in a bin and a little oil in a jar. But God saw another precious thing in her possession. That was nothing but the quality of showing hospitality towards the servants of God. Her aim and intention were that the servants of God should be happy with everything and she never gave importance to what she had and what she needed. That was the secret behind her blessings.
She knew “Give, and it will be given to you" (Luke 6:38). That is why when Elijah the prophet came and asked her to make a small cake for him before preparing anything for her and her son, she obeyed implicitly.
She did not spare anything from her plenty or the leavings or the remnants but she gave everything wholeheartedly to God staying within her poor condition. If God had not performed the miracle she and her son might have died. Her sole intention was that the servant of God should be satisfied with everything and she never thought of her needs. Dear children of God. He will also open the windows of heaven for you and bless you abundantly when you give Him wholeheartedly.
To meditate:- “The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied” (Psalms 37:18, 19).