by Shellie R. Warren
"As she was going to get it, he called to her and
said, Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.
And she said, As the Lord your God lives, I have not a loaf
baked but only a handful of meal in the jar and a little
oil in the bottle. See, I am gathering two sticks, that
I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat
it- and die.
Elijah said to her, Fear not; go and do as you have said.
But make me a little cake of [it] first andbring it to me,
and afterward prepare some for yourself and your son.
For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: The jar of meal
shall not waste away or the bottle of oil fail until the
day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.
She did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household
ate for many days.
The jar of meal was not spent nor did the bottle of oil
fail, according to the word which the Lord spoke through
--- I Kings 17:11-16
"No one has ever become poor by giving." Ann
"We are rich only through what we give, and poor only
through what we refuse." Anne Swetchine
If you're like me, the last thing you are probably thinking
right now is who you can give to---because you simply don't
have it. With this being the case, if you're like me, God
will probably call you to be among the first to give to
That's just how God is. Think about it. Isn't it funny how
when you have alot, more times than not, giving to others
is not an issue, but when you are low on funds and resources,
suddenly it seems that the principle on giving, which God
gave to all of His children, doesn't apply to us?
"I'm sorry, I know there are people worse off than
I am---I know there are those in need, but shoot, I'm in
need and what little I have, I need to hold on to. Besides,
I don't see anyone jumping to make sure that I am okay.
If I don't take care of me, who will?"
Believe me when I say that this mentality is what will keep
you in need---and in want, for a very long time. You must
plant seeds of prosperity in another's garden to reap a
harvest in your own. God reminds us of this fact in Galatians
"Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will
not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained,
or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His
precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself
who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that
and that only is what he will reap."
And again in Luke 6:38:
"Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure,
pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they
pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe
and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with
the measure you use when you confer benefits on others],
it will be measured back to you."
No where in either in these verses does it say that you
are to give only when it is convenient for you to do so,
or when it will not be a sacrifice on your part. As a matter
of fact, it has been my personal experience that I am called
to give at the times when it hurts me the most and when
my faith has to be the strongest.
I think this is also why God calls us to give the firstfruits
for our tithe as well:
"Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and
worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.
It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow
and moistening to your bones.
Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency [from righteous
labors] and with the firstfruits of all your income;
So shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and
your vats shall be overflowing with new wine."---Proverbs