Reading 1 Corinthians 4:1, I was struck by the phrase ‘the secret things of God’. It reminded me of Deuteronomy 29:29, where Moses makes reference to God’s ‘secret things’. The Bible provides us with all we need to know in life. However, there is much we are not meant to know. Secrets known only to God. We have all we need to lead a godly life. The rest is His. We can trust Him with those ‘secret things’. Agreed?
I love the story of the prophet Elijah and that widow from the town of Zarephath, located in a coastal region of Phoenicia, northwest of Jerusalem. Elijah has been cared for by God, fed by ravens bringing food to him by the Kerith Ravine, until its river runs dry. God tells him to head up to ungodly Phoenicia, where He has commanded a widow to provide food and beverage for him. Situated in the center of Baal worship, a false god if there ever was one. Known for exporting oil and flour. Both big cash crops. Also, the home of Queen Jezebel, who despised anyone or anything having to do with the One True God, Yahweh. Great place to hang out, Elijah!
Even in Zarephath, food and water run out. Baal must be angry or too lazy to provide for his worshippers! Death is stalking at the city gates. This poor widow has a few sticks and a bit of flour and oil for one last meal for her son and herself. That’s it. Soon the grim reaper will make his appearance.
At the city gate is where Elijah sees this widow and asks her for some food and drink. Seems a bit nervy! To feed him first of all, before even her own son? He’s fortunate she’s too weak to give him a good punch in the face! But Elijah tells her that the God of Israel will provide for them during the famine and drought. He tells her not to be afraid.
This widow has a big choice to make. To believe in God’s care… or not. Take a chance on faith…or not. How about you? Something you need to trust the Lord about? Of course, it’s scary stuff. I’m still learning, probably getting only a C minus for my grade. But don’t drop out of His class! He’ll take whatever tiny seed of faith we plant in Him, and yield what’s needed in His timing.
He loves us. He will provide. Don’t be a dunce! Come to the head of His class! Trust…
Prayer: Lord, we choose to believe you. And know that in your hands, we will be provided for. In Jesus’ name. Amen.