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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Trusting God's Provision in the Middle of Famine


by Barbara Latta @barbaralatta

No rain for three years.

The woman looked out the door at the cloudless sky and back at the hard, dry ground. No one could remember the last time a stalk of wheat had grown out of the soil. A spear of hopelessness stabbed her soul. She wasn’t so concerned about herself, but she didn’t want to watch her child die of starvation. Her husband perished, now so did the food. 

How could she trust God’s faithfulness? Her emotions were as dry as the ground outside.

The woman reached toward the bin of flour. Only a handful left, and just enough oil to make a paste. One more meal and death would win.

All she knew to do was what she did every day. She went outside and picked up sticks for a fire.

As she did so, a shadow passed between her and the ground. She looked up and saw a stranger.

“Bring me some water,” he said.

She stared at him for a moment. Didn’t this man know how scarce water was? No rain in ages made water more valuable than gold. But something within her heart urged her on.

She walked toward her house for a cup and heard the man’s voice ask for more. “Also bring me some bread.” Now he’s done it. Not even enough for herself and her son and this man wants to take it.

Then she remembered the message she received from Yahweh. He had told her to feed someone that would be directed to her (1 Kings 17:9).

Would this man be the provision in the middle of this famine?

“I don’t have bread, only some oil and flour, barely enough for me and my son. After that, we’ll die because there is no more.”

Elijah the prophet answered her, “Do not fear, make me a cake first and then there will be some for you and your son. The flour and oil will not run out until the Lord sends rain on the earth.”

So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days (1 Kings 17:15 NKJV).

The story of the widow of Zarephath reminds me of the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

The great Jehovah never failed throughout the Bible and He doesn’t fail now. This woman listened to the word of the prophet Elijah. Because she obeyed what she heard, she saw God provide for her and her son. Later when the boy was severely sick and died, she had opportunity to be afraid and doubt. But the widow remembered what the Lord God had done for her in the past and she called out to the prophet. Her child was restored to life.

The world is dark. When all we focus on are the tragedies and evil this planet produces, our souls can fall away from hope (Proverbs 13:12). This widow faced a famine so severe, without supernatural intervention she and her son would die.

But the King of kings is full of light and hope.

So why do we see the famine instead of the provision as the widow woman did at first?

Because we look elsewhere. The situations we face are exalted above the faithfulness of our Father. She saw the dry ground and the empty bin. We feel dry, hopeless hearts and empty souls because of life’s pain and lack.

We know God is big, but we see His greatness as out in the vast beyond instead of here and now with us.

As the song says, “As thou hast been thou forever will be.”

He was before all else began and it is his power that holds everything together (Colossians 1:17 TLB).

I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. (Psalm 138:2 NKJV).

God’s Son shines out with God’s glory, and all that God’s Son is and does marks him as God. He regulates the universe by the power of his command (Hebrews 1:3 TLB).

Psalm 138 says His Word is above His name. God cannot go against His word or the universe would explode. If the faithfulness of God’s power holds the universe together, why can’t we trust Him to hold us together?

The widow of Zarephath listened to God’s words through Elijah. She stopped seeing the famine and saw the power of provision.

We can follow her example as we:

Read portions of scripture that tell us how powerful God is. Genesis chapters one and two show us the power of creation; Revelation chapter one depicts the majesty of the risen Christ.

Listen to praise music. This sets the tone for worship and puts our mind on God.

Rehearse the ways He has been faithful in the past. Perspective changes to the promises of God instead of the limitations in our minds.

Above all, the Savior is faithful to forgive.

The Father is devoted to us in everyday life. His faithfulness does not depend upon our emotions.

God is bigger and more powerful than anything we can face. When we exalt that truth above our problems, the influence of circumstances over our lives will shrink. (click to tweet)

How do you show your trust in God in the middle of life's famines? Share your thoughts.



  1. Barbara, this is one of my favorite stories/passages in scripture showing how God positions us, knows us, and wants us to know Him - not just about Him. To answer your question, I’d say I look at God’s faithfulness to me in the past and how He has shown Himself faithful in Biblical accounts. He lives up to His character and can’t be not faithful.

    1. I love your statement, "He lives up to His character and can't be not faithful." That is the God we know and serve. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  2. Your message is especially timely with all the turmoil we are having in the world. Thank you for reminding us that God will take care of us and we must be patient and trust in Him. We have His Word as a promise.

  3. I like your question, "why can't we trust Him to hold us together?"
    Good question to remind us of our dependence on Him.

    1. I'm glad He does remind us that He and He alone can hold us together. When we do depend on Him we will have what we need. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  4. Thank you for sharing your perspective on this story, Barbara. Focusing on the faithfulness in spite of the famine — as hard as that can be sometimes, it’s what gets us through.

    1. It is difficult sometimes to remember to depend on the Lord's promises when we focus on the problems. I'm glad He gave us the record of these events to encourage us with His truth. Thanks for sharing, Leigh. Blessings!

  5. Thanks for the reminder, Barbara. I'm so thankful God provides for me in every way! And even when things don't go the way I like, I know that it is God's way - and He will turn it for my good and His glory.

    1. Amen, Joni. God does turn events to make good come out of them. We may not always understand how but we do know He is always there and will provide for us. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  6. Barbara, this is amazing! I love the story about the widow.

    1. I've always loved this story too. What an amazing reminder of God's faithfulness. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  7. We fail to realize that we are created in His image...as told in Genesis and also described in Psalm 139. If all of humanity realized this we would see a totally different world. As Christians know...our souls will leave our body at the end of earthly life and we will have all eternity to be in His presence or not!! The world is now on fire on many fronts but we know and believe that we will find peace with trusting in God and our Savior. He will always provide.

    1. What a powerful statement you shared about being created in God's image. "If all humanity realized this we would see a totally different world." What a difference that would make. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings!

  8. I enjoyed revisiting this passage with your insights and suggestions for remembering God's faithfulness in our past. With all that we know that He can do and has done, why do we ever doubt Him? Because we're human, I guess.

    1. Yes, Candyce, why do we ever doubt Him? Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  9. Amen. Knowing that whatever comes our way, He will be with us through it all brings such comfort and peace my friend. Thank you!

    1. It is comforting to know that we are never alone whether in trials or good times. We can have peace knowing we are surrounded by the arms of our mighty God. Thanks for sharing, J.D. Blessings!