“As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. 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,” 1 Kings 17:12 NIV.
The widow and her son did not have food and the only things left were a handful of flour and a little olive oil. She had accepted their fate and was just preparing for their last meal. The prophet then complicates her already complicated situation by requesting she use the remaining ingredients to make him a meal. This must have seemed absurd to the widow because the prophet was expecting her to sacrifice her son’s last meal.
Sometimes God will ask you to relinquish the little you have to make way for the plenty that’s on the horizon. He may ask you to sacrifice the present for the future. It’s always daunting when this happens because your faith is being put to the test, and your obedience to the instructions determines the projection you are about to take with God.
The disciples approached Jesus telling Him that He must chase away the multitudes because there wasn’t enough food. Christ then tells them to feed them with what they had. Turns out there was only five loaves and two small fish. They were probably thinking this was not even enough for them now they have to share it with the multitudes. God made them sacrifice the little to feed the multitudes.
These situations will always arise in our walk and the secret is to always know when God is speaking and to always be obedient to the instruction. The widow had endless supply and the multitudes were fed because the recipients of the instructions were obedient to God’s instructions. People’s breakthroughs or answers may sometimes be withheld or delayed because of recipients who are disobedient to commands.
Sometimes God will ask you to relinquish the little you have to make way for the plenty that’s on the horizon