1 Kings 17: 10-16 “So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. 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 spake by Elijah.”
A familiar tragedy to many of us is the story of the Titanic. Over two thousand people trusted in money and the words of a greedy and proud man only to lose their life in the middle of the ocean. The man behind the Titanic assured the safety of the ship and guaranteed their passage. On the bottom of this ship were 4 compartments in case something happens, or water gets in, keep sailing towards its destination. The Titanic was built to never sink, or so we thought. On the foggy night of April 14, before 12 a.m., the Titanic, carrying good speed, collided with a huge iceberg, which left her with a 300-foot wound, leaving her dying, leading to this enormous ship that was believed unsinkable, to sink rapidly to the depth of the sea, and killing 1,513 lives of the 2,224 that had. The list of victims who perished that night were most of those rich men who paid for the first-class tickets of $ 10,000, for them there was no return home, their trip there was left, and not all the money they had could free them from the death. What these people who died forgot, is that what the creator of the Titanic promised. It was a promise that he could not guarantee and not fulfill, what seemed to be a safe journey became a great tragedy.
In the passage above, we see Elijah trying to make this widow understand that if she put God first in her life, there was a sure guarantee from God, that her needs would be met.
1Pe 1:24-25 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Here are several reasons why we must trust and prove that God’s guarantee is true:
1. Because the One Who promises them CAN NOT LIE.
Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
2. Because the One Who promised them DOES NOT CHANGE.
Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
3. Because the One Who promised them RETURNS MORE THEN INVESTED.
Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Pro 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Pride distances us from God’s blessings because pride removes God from our minds.
When we prioritize God as Jehoshaphat did, we unlock blessings that have a profound impact on our lives.