By Jon Gledhill
1 kings 17
“Sometime later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah “what do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son.” Give me your son, Elijah replied. He took him from her arms…..”Lord my God let this boys life return to him”
I am always amazed how easily I forget how good God has been to me in my life. I need to remind myself regularly. The alternative is fear, self-reliance, self-protection.
The last time I applied for a job was 30 years ago but since then I have found the Lord providing work without a struggle. I now find myself with a significant loss of work, yet I still sometimes forget Gods faithfulness in the past and don’t find peace until I remember and meditate on this.
In the amazing story of 1 Kings 17, it is remarkable that the widow of Zarephath was delivered from starvation with a plentiful supply of food that never ran out. Elijah then chooses to lodge in her house.
“Sometime later” her son dies and she immediately accuses Elijah with vicious words “what do you have against me, man of God. Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”
She has forgotten what God has done for her in the past saving her son and her from death with a routinely full stomach. She forgets how Elijah was used by God to rescue her from starvation and death. She doesn’t realise that the same God who provided food can also provide deliverance from death.
Despite her strong words, Elijah prays and the son lives. She then testifies again to Gods goodness.
Interestingly her rescue from starvation came when she gave over what she had to the prophet Elijah. She handed her situation into Gods hands. In this passage, she released her son over to Elijah so he could pray for him.
The challenge for us is to give our situations over to God and remember and not forget past faithfulness.