Giving When You Don't Have It by Daniel Rodgers

Giving When You Don't Have It
Dan Rodgers
1 Kings 17:1-16

INTRODUCTION:

Have you ever been in a tight spot in life when there just didn't seem to be enough to make ends meet? Your finances were such that you didn't know how you were going to make things work out? I think most of us have at had that experience at one time or the other. Such was the case with the poor widow who lived in Zarephath, a coastal town near the Mediterranean Sea.

Elijah, God's prophet, had called for a drought upon King Ahab and the house of Israel because of their rebellion and their worship of the god, Baal-the drought would last 3 years, bringing both famine and disaster.

As soon as Elijah called for the drought, God sent him to the Brook Cherith. There he would be sustained. The Bible says in (vs. 6), ''And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.'' In (vs. 17), when the brook dried up, God sent Elijah to see the widow who lived in Zarephath.

As we follow our story this evening, let me to you a brief outline

I. CARING FOR HIS OWN

How many times have we all quoted Phil. 4:19, ''But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory.'' Listen, God takes care of His own

A. Even in the worst of circumstances (vs. 6)

1. There is no situation in life too big for God; God specializes in impossibilities. During one of the worst times Israel had ever experienced, the Lord would demonstrate to Elijah his ability to take care of him. You may be going through one of the worst times of your life. The back account is empty, payday is 3 weeks from now, and you're not sure what to do. Do what Elijah did: trust God!

Write down a couple of verses:

Psalm 37:25, ''I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.''

Prov. 10:3, ''The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the subst ...


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