Don’t believe in miracles—depend on them.
(Laurence J. Peter)
One of the great miracles recorded in the Old Testament came through the ministry of Elijah the prophet. God sent His servant to wicked King Ahab with this message, “As the Lord God lives, before whom I stand; there shall not be dew or rain these years except at my word.” It did not rain and a drought devastated the land.
Ahab wanted to kill Elijah but God protected him. As he was in hiding by the brook Cherith, the Lord caused ravens to bring him food that sustained him through the famine.
Just when Elijah had gotten comfortable with his circumstances the brook dried up. The Lord spoke, “Arise, go to Zarephath ... I have commanded a widow to provide for you.” Elijah arrived in Zarephath and said to the widow, “Please bring me a little water in a cup ... bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” The widow answered him, “… I do not have any bread, only a handful of flour ... and a little oil in a jar. I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son ... and die.” The prophet said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said but make me a small cake from it first … and afterward make some for yourself and your son … 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.” She did as Elijah instructed, and God honored His word by giving the widow’s household a miracle. “Miracles happen to those who believe in them” (B. Berenson).
Don’t get too comfortable with your present circumstances because change is inevitable. “In the making of every miracle are faith, obedience and the willingness to take a risk. Miracles are not magic—but multiplication. Obedience to God’s Word and faith in His promises put what we have into the Lord’s hands so it can be multiplied. God will only birth things to people who make room for the miraculous by faith” (Tommy Barnett). The widow took a risk and God came through for her. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and if you do—He will not disappoint you.