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When we put our faith in God, He delivers

“And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” – I King 17 11-14

Last Sunday, we celebrated Remembrance Day. This is a day set aside, especially in the British Commonwealth, to remember those who participated and those who died in previous wars, particularly World War I and World War II. The first Remembrance Day was held in 1919, shortly after WWI ended. The war ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

This special day is about giving. The people who died in the two wars gave more than they could afford. They gave their lives, so that we who are here today can enjoy our freedom.

Yes, we live in freedom and prosperity because many brave and selfless men and woman have died. No, they could not afford what they gave up.

Our text tells the story of a woman, a poor widow, with one son. She had very little. She probably did not have any family members. Consequently, she and her child had to fend for themselves.

This woman lived in an agrarian community, which was experiencing a drought. The people depended upon the land for survival. The drought resulted in a famine. This created a food shortage.

Because of the scarcity of food, it is apparent that many people had died of starvation. Therefore, it seems almost cruel that a stranger, a man of God, would approach her for something to eat.

She had limited resources, which were not even sufficient to sustain her family. Yet, God expected much from her. But God works in some unusual ways.

Notwithstanding our circumstances, giving to God is such a wonderful experience. It is the Christian’s way of showing love and appreciation to God for His gifts and blessings to us.

The woman in the text is an example for us today. Even in her desperate state, she did as the man of God instructed her. She provided a meal for him. In return, God kept His promise and provided for her needs. “. . . The jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry.’’

We cannot out-give God. He has more resources than we can imagine.

The woman did not know where the next meal was coming from. In fact, she told the prophet that she and her son would eat that meal, then die.

Yet, she was prepared to give God the first of her last meal. She trusted the word of God. She stepped out in faith.

When we put our faith in God, He delivers. He is a faithful God.

We have a God who is compassionate and generous. We have a loving and forgiving God who remembers His covenant forever. We have seen the fulfillment of His promise.

Through God’s own Son, his coming to Earth, his life, death, and resurrection, we possess even now all the treasures and joys of the life that will never end. God’s promises are more definite than tomorrow and more dependable than the sun or the moon. Amen.

• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Dr., P. O. Box N4794, Phone 242-426-9084, webpage: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org.

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