God in the Season of Leanness

Marcus Sanders

"For thus says the Lord God of Israel, “The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.” 1 Kings 17:14
This poor widow was in a season of leanness. She probably contemplated that one day she would have to deal with the fact of starvation and death. On the other side Elijah supply has just run out and God directs him to relocate to another location where a widow will provide for him. The two meet at the gate of the city – Elijah ready for the next meal and the widow preparing her last. The scenario is strange because what one needs the other doesn’t have. It’s only God that can make it happen. But for God to do something it will happen if the widow has the faith to move forward. That means that the food she and her son is relying on will first go to the prophet. Any sane mom would say, no it’s for us go get your own. But in her leanness the widow is move by God’s Spirit to provide for the man of God. Here’s the beauty of it – God is not limited by circumstance that we face. He is not limited because of leaders like Ahab and Jezebels. He is the God of possibilities. He changes circumstances, provides and protects His words are, “The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty.”
As I read this Scripture I was move because God has provided for my family in I during the lean times. I remember 28 years ago my wife and I were getting ready to go to church. We were newly weds over a year and we had our first son, Chris. Before we left the house my wife mentioned to me that we needed to pay our tithes this morning. I gave a doubtful yes. On the way to the church and during the service I was hoping my wife would forget about the tithes. We needed the money, and it would be another week till the next paycheck. We only had $60 in the bank, we needed food for us and the baby and our pantry was empty.

When the offering plate came around my wife again said let’s pay our tithes. With hesitation I wrote the tithe check for $60 and as I put it in the basket I released my fears and trusted God. At the end of the Service a brother asked me to come to his car he had something for us. He opened the back seat door for me and there were 3 bags of groceries, bread, ham etc., diapers and baby milk for all our needs. I stood with amazement with tears in my eye. He did not know our financial situation. He told me, “This morning as he and his wife was driving to church the Lord told them to stop at the grocery store to buy the groceries for us. The groceries were above our tithe check.

Do you think that this giving increased my faith in God? Do you think that God became more real in our lives? What if I went on feelings and never gave that check would I have experienced the arena of faith. The same would be true for the widow. If she held giving to Elijah, God would have held back his provision and not only that – in the next couple of verse her son get’s sick and die and that would be the end of that. But God brings this boy back to life. I must always to be ready to move by faith not by circumstances. There is a rippling affect when I operate in faith and who knows it might save one along the way.
Father I believe Your promises are true. You’ve been faithful to my family and I. Our supply from You has never been exhausted. We have seen many lean seasons come and go. What kept us strong was Your living promises in Your Word. Thank You Father.

Devotions for June 16

1 Kings 17,18,19
Colossians 2

Start Doing Devotions

Devotions are an important part of everyday life. Click here to learn how to do devotions.