God’s promises are more dependable than the sun or the moon
Last Sunday we celebrated Remembrance Day. This special day commemorates the sacrifices that brave and selfless young men and women made with their lives during the wars, particularly World War I and World War II. They were prepared to give up more than they could afford.
Many Bahamian sons served in those wars. Because of their sacrifices, we live in freedom today. The freedom that we enjoy here in The Bahamas, came at a great cost.
The woman referred to in 1 Kings 17:13-16 was also prepared to give up more than she could afford. She stepped out in faith and provided food for a prophet of God from her meager food supply.
There was a severe drought in her agrarian community. The drought caused a famine in the land. Consequently, this probably caused many deaths.
When the prophet of God had first requested that she prepare a meal for him from the small remains of flour that she had, the woman responded, “I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it – and die.”
This woman, we are told, was a widow with one son. The story does not mention any other family member, which suggests that she had no other family members. Therefore, she and her child had to fend for themselves.
It seems almost cruel that a stranger, a man of God, would approach this poor and desperate woman for something to eat. She had extremely limited resources which were not even sufficient to sustain the family.
Yet God expected much from her. One would probably say, why did the prophet not find a more affluent person or family to supply his food and shelter. But then God works in some unusual ways.
Our God is a mighty and gracious God. He is a God who is compassionate and generous. He is a loving and forgiving God who remembers and fulfills his covenants forever. We have seen the fulfillment of his promise.
Family and friends say things and make promises but many times, they do not make good on them. God’s promises are more definite than tomorrow and more dependable than the sun or the moon.
Like the woman in the story, step out in faith and support the work of the church. Provide financial resources and volunteer your time to the ministry. God is counting on you. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas, or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.