“For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”
“There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the lord had promised through Elijah.”
1 Kings 17:14, 16
During the long famine, a widow in Zarephath had only enough flour and oil to make one last meal for her son and herself. So, when Elijah boldly requested, “Make a little bread for me first,” it sounded selfish. That is, until the prophet announced the other side of the miracle equation: “For this is what the Lord…says: “There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain!”
However, before that miracle could take place, the widow had to make a choice: Would she give her only to God? Verse 15 says, “She did as Elijah said,” and because of that faith, all three of them ate and continued to eat! In fact, “There was always enough flour and olive oil left—just as God had promised.”
When GOD says there will be, I need to notice WHO is speaking! The Great Creator has power to even make something out of nothing. When HE told the widow, “There will always be enough,” there WAS always enough! And I also better notice what was sandwiched in between “there will” and “there was”—the widow’s act of faith, “So she did as Elijah said.”
And that faith-filled sandwich is still on God’s menu…
Where there’s a WILL, there’s a WAS—when “so I did” is in between!