Daily Devotional – 10/11/17 “I know what I heard!”

Sometimes God will send somebody to ask for a portion of your last. And it may happen to be during a time you cannot see how to get more. A time when your drought is at its peak and your refrigerator, cabinets, pantry, gas tank and checking account is bare and there is no check in the mail. A time when you’ve sowed but there’s still no rain for harvest. What do you do? In 1 Kings 17, Elijah shows up at this widow’s home asking for water and a piece of bread, while she is in a place of despair. Her flour barrel is empty but Elijah knows what he heard God say. See, God had already made provisions for her when He told Elijah in 1 Kings 17:9, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.” How else could she feed him if God wouldn’t provide the food? You do remember there’s a drought happening which meant no rain; no rain no harvest, no harvest no flour and no flour no more bread. But Elijah heard what God said, “There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again (verse 14)!”

Yes, it seems like everybody needs you when you are in need yourself but will you trust God to provide? Even when you’re being asked for half of your last slice of bread and cannot afford to get more. Even when you are being asked to borrow $20 of the last $30 you have and payday is still 11 days away. Even when you are asked to drive them 30 miles when you only have 50 miles of gas left and no money in your pocket. Will you trust what you heard God say? I know it’s hard when all you see is what’s in front of you but will you trust when God says, “I’ll never leave nor forsake you?” Yea, I may not see it but I know what I heard. I may not have it yet but I know what I heard. They may tell me no, now, but I know what I heard. Checking account low, body filled with pain, the folks are coming to turn off my lights, landlord is at the door and my car won’t start but I know what I heard! “See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being, I announce them to you.” – Isaiah 42:9

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