Obedience: A Matter of Life or Death


One act of obedience has the power to change your whole life, but it starts with changing your mind & your thoughts!  Consider the story of Elijah and the widow at Zarephath.

I Kings 17: 9

Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there.  I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.

As we continue to read the story- we learn that when Elijah meets the widow he asks her for water & a piece of bread- not knowing that the widow only has enough flour & oil to make just enough bread for her son & herself before they die due to the drought.  But she follows his orders & prepares a piece of bread for him before she prepares theirs, and a few scriptures later we learn that neither she nor her son die (b/c of the promise that God made).

Had Elijah not obeyed God and the widow not obeyed Elijah she & her son surely would have perished.  Ultimately she would’ve missed out on her miracle.  Their was something that He needed from her- “a portion” if you will- that would change her life, but it required a certain level of obedience.

A lot of us out there desire something so great, but we have yet to give God “the portion” that is required.  Time & time again we have the ability to produce what we need yet we lack the obedience needed to see it through.  When having a carnal mind, once you get to a certain point you’ll find a reason to back off & will never experience continuous flow.  But the widow, however, experienced just that- that the jar of flour & jug of oil would never go bare & would never run dry until the day He sends rain.  Hence, his promise.

Whatever your situation is, what you need is right in front of you.  Instead of eating your portion- plant it, sow it, give it- because “what we release out of our hands is nothing in comparison to what’s about to be released inside of us” (Deuteronomy 8:18).  This isn’t a paper chase; this is a life change!

Are you ready to live?

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