1 Kings 17:10-12 New International Version (NIV)
10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
12 “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.(a)
This story is a great one to show just how much God needs from us…spoiler alert! He only needs a little.
Elijah asks the lady for some water, she readily agrees THEN he has the nerve to ask her for something else!
We can be like the widow. We are quick to give what doesn’t belong to us (water in this case was free) but as soon as we have to give something that we feel we NEED we start making excuses. We begin to tell all the reasons we CAN’T help someone.
People make all kinds of excuses why they don’t give. One of the most common is
“I barely have enough for me”
Barely enough is still MORE than enough. Barely still covers you. Barely is still sufficient. Barely is enough to share.
Even the homeless on our corners are rich to someone in foreign lands.
We have enough, more than enough to share.
The story above goes on to say that the woman did as Elijah the prophet asked and gave him some of what she thought was her last. He assured her that if she gave she would never ever run out.
The widow only had a little, but that’s all God need is a little. He can work miracles from a little faith, a little boys lunch, a little bit of flour… your little plus God equals a lot.
I don’t know about you but I don’t ever want to run out. I want to always have more than enough for me and enough to give.
What may seem like a little is really just enough.