Friday, February 12, 2010

Day 30 - Persistence

Hebrews 11:35, I Kings 17:7-24

This story is an interesting story of the faith of a widow who was originally expecting to die with her son. God sent Elijah to her so she could feed him even though she only had enough flour and oil to make one last meal. When Elijah told her to make him a small cake of bread and then she could make one for her and her son, he told her in I Kings 17:14, “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD give rain on the land.” She believed him and fed him was able to continue feeding him because God continued to supply the flour and oil.

After some time, the widow’s son became ill and died. The widow couldn’t understand why this was happening and questioned Elijah. He asked her to give him her son and he took him upstairs. The widow had faith that Elijah was a man of God and trusted him with her son. She had a hope that God could change her circumstances. Elijah stretched his body on the son and prayed to God three times and the boy came back to life. Elijah had faith that God could bring the widow’s son back to life. I wonder if Elijah did his prayer and lied on the boy three times because that was when God brought him back. I can’t help but think that Elijah would have kept up with it until God was going to raise the widow’s son back to life because he knew that God could do it. Elijah was determined to see God do this miracle.

There are times when God does not answer us right away, He makes us wait. I think of the parable that Jesus tells in Luke 18:1-8 of the persistent widow. Verse one begins with the point that we should always remember, “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Jesus was reminding us that even if we don’t hear an answer from God right away, we should continue praying because God hears our prayers. Elijah kept praying for the widow’s son until he finally came back to life.

Have you been persistent in bringing your petitions to God?

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