1Kings 17:9 NKJV (God speaking to Elijah) “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
1Kings 17:13-14 NKJV And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. (14) For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.’ “
Elijah was sent to Zarephath to find a widow, whom God apparently spoke to that he was coming and she was to provide for him. Unfortunately, the widow was short on provision. In fact, she was flat broke. All she had in the pantry was a handful of flour and a small jar of oil, enough for maybe two or three small cakes. When Elijah encountered her, she was gathering a few small branches for a fire to prepare the cakes, have supper, and then wait the days or weeks until she and her son wasted away and slowly starved to death.
Now, God had somehow spoken to this woman, because we see In verse 9 of 1 Kings 17, that God told Elijah that He commanded her to provide for him. I don’t know if God showed up to her as burning bush as with Moses, the Angel of the Lord as with Gideon, through a pillar of cloud or fire as with the Israelites in the wilderness, through a donkey like with Balaam, in a mighty whirlwind, a still small voice, or any of the other countless ways He spoke to His people under the Old Covenant; but He did speak to this woman and command her to provide for the Prophet Elijah. But the widow was not planning on obeying. She either determined He made a mistake and didn’t realize the extent of the famine in the land and her personal financial position or convinced herself it wasn’t really God that spoke to her.
God commanded this widow to take care of Elijah, but she couldn’t see beyond her present circumstance. All she could see was her lack and allowed her situation and her lack to speak louder to her heart than the Lord God Himself. She couldn’t see how “she” was going to provide for another, when she couldn’t even provide for her household. She feared starvation and feared for the pain her son would endure. That fear caused her to doubt the Word of God and ignore His command to her. But the answer to her problem, the solution to the circumstance causing her fear was in the command and instructions God gave… She didn’t see how she could obey God and in the natural it didn’t make sense but God, but God is God. He was prepared to supernaturally provide for the widow and her son’s needs and take care of Elijah too.
Is there something that God has asked you to do, but you’ve refrained because you began to fear your inadequacy and capability to do it? Fear Not, begin to do what God asked you to do. Take a small step. For the widow, Elijah helped her faith saying, “Fear not, go ahead and prepare what you have, but just make me a little morsel of bread first.” He knew that even a tiny step of obedience to God’s Word would begin to bring a change in the circumstance she so feared. You can do it! God said you could! So take a step toward what God has asked you to do and Fear Not!