“This is what Israel’s God, the LORD, says: The jar of flour won’t decrease and the bottle of oil won’t run out until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.””

1 Kings 17:14 CEB


It can be scary, stressful, and depressing when it looks like you are about to run out of what you need. There have been times when we have all been running on empty, but right when we were about to run out that is when God showed out!

Elijah had been hiding out from his enemy by a brook. God made predatory birds feed his prophet and supplied him with water during a severe famine. Then the brook dried up! The only problem is that the famine was still going.

Is it possible to be faithful to God and still find yourself in the middle of a famine? Yes! Is it possible to be faithful to God and your brook dry up? Yes! What do you do? Listen for God to tell you where to go.

God told Elijah to go to a widow’s house and she would provide. This single mother was making her last meal for her and her son anticipating that they would die after this. Elijah asks her for something to eat. She explains that she’s making her last meal. Elijah explains how a miracle works and the results are the same for us.

Elijah said, “Make me some first and the oil and flour will not run out until God sends the rain.” She was obedient to the man of God and the flour and oil did not run out. They ate for many days!

1. Make me some first. It goes against our survival instincts to take what we have left and bless somebody else with it. But when God makes a request of our limited resources, leftovers become seeds for a harvest later. But the question is, do we trust God enough to give him what’s left, trusting that he will provide?

2. Your resources will not run out until God sends more rain. Do you have enough faith to believe that God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory? God says in Malachi 3:10 prove me! See if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that you will not have room enough to receive when you give what God says to give.

3. You and your son will eat until the famine lifts. I was raised by a single mother on welfare. We lived in a single-wide trailer. We never went hungry. Mama would give us each some money on Sundays to put in church. We would pray and trust God. We didn’t always have what we wanted but we always had what we needed. We would eat, pray, and repeat the process. God always provided. Now all three of her children are grown and own their own homes and we have lived to see God’s promises fulfilled. He has never failed to provide!

I once was young. Now I’m old and I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed out in the streets begging for bread. In this season of limited resources you have to trust God with what you have left over knowing that he’s about to release the rain that will end your famine.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen