Comfort For Your Discomfort

Chaplain Chester Readus
Princeton Baptist Medical Center

"And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spoke by Elijah." (1 Kings 17:15-16)

In the Bible there is a story found in 1 Kings 17 about a prophet named Elijah who delivered a message from God that it would not rain for 3 ½ years to King Ahab. God told Elijah to go to Zarephath and he would be fed by a widow. When Elijah arrived, he saw the widow and asked her to bring him some water. As she went to get his water, he called out and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” Elijah was simply doing what God told him to do.  The woman told Elijah her story, a sad story. But the story didn’t change Elijah’s mind. He made his request for the water and morsel of bread again and told her to FEAR NOT. He instructed her make him a cake first before making bread for her son and herself. He explained that God promised: “The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sends rain.” She showed her belief by obedience. The promise was fulfilled! 

Is it true that some of us are hesitant to assist another who is in need because we are in a hard place? Is it true that some of us are hesitant to respond to another’s need because we feel that we are preparing our last meal, possibly “a little meal and a cruise of oil”?

If these things are true, then I remind you of God’s command to Elijah and His promise to the widow. Did God make a mistake? I think not!  Has not God said, “that which is impossible with man is possible with God”? I know that life can hurt at times? I want to ask, do you feel like an Elijah that’s been called to a ministry and a hardship has come?  Do you feel like a widow that does not have much and even your little is being asked for? If yes, then I encourage you not to give up. There is comfort for your discomfort.

Prayer:  O God, you are a strong tower so we seek your protection. O God, you are a compassionate friend so we praise your name. O God, you are The Great Physician so we willingly yield to your care. Amen.

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