Read 1 Kings 17:9­-16 Do you view giving as an option or as an act of obedience? This question was Trent’s second aspect on giving from Sunday’s message. Yesterday, we looked at one of Christ’s parables for insight. Today, a widow in 1 Kings 17, will show us obedience. The prophet Elijah is sent to a widow for help and a powerful lesson in obedience is seen. Due to evil and disobedience on Israel’s part, God sent a 3 ½ year drought and Elijah was sent to deliver the message. After a period of time God directed Elijah to the the town of Zaraphath, there a widow would care for him. It’s good to point out a widow at this time was poor. They normally ran out of food first in famine or drought. God was again going to use an unusual source to feed and teach His prophet. After their introductions he asked for some water and morsel of bread. She informed Elijah there was enough for me and my son to have one last meal and then we will die. (How’s that for poor-­­God sent Elijah to her.) Elijah made her a promise, if obedient, her jar of flour and jug of oil will not run empty until God made it rain. Now catch verse 15, “…and she went and did as Elijah said…” that is obedience in the midst of extreme, profound poverty. Her obedience in giving her last meal brought blessing to her and her son. All this done, “according to the word of the Lord spoke by Elijah” verse 16. The widow received her word form Elijah and was obedient. The churches in Macedonia received their word from Paul and were obedient. Look at their obedience and their reward. In the midst of affliction, their abundance of joy and extreme poverty overflowed in a wealth of generosity. They gave beyond their means and were begging for more opportunities to give. What a testimony. Reflect What are your motives for giving? What is your attitude toward giving? Obedience brings blessing. Please understand, if you see giving as optional you will not be blessed. All God wants is obedience. Giving is a heart matter. Whether it is time, talent or treasure God want us to give. We give whatever we can because God gave us the greatest gift of all. Pray As you pray have God speak to you about obedience. Do you need to start giving? Perhaps God has made it possible to give a little more? If money is tight ask God to show you other ways for you to be obedient in giving. Ask him to work on you heart.   // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: 2 Timothy 2]]>