1 Kings 17:8-16 (New International Version)
8 Then the word of the LORD came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
12 “As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.’ ”
15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.
Have you ever been in a place where you didn’t know how you were going to make it one more day? Have you ever just thought about giving up and dying because you felt like life wasn’t even worth living? Have you ever felt that God has forgotten about you and your plight?
I can almost say with surety that we all have felt this way at times. But, God has always “made a way out of no way”. He is Jehovah Jireh- The Lord will provide!
Let’s take a closer look at the widow:
First, she was a Gentile, a woman outside God’s chosen people. She was from the pagan nation of the Sidonians. Secondly, she was a destitute and depressed widow who was facing starvation. Why should she trust this prophet, and give all that she had left, to feed him first? After all, she was literally down to nothing, ready to die. But, because she was obedient, and had nothing to lose, and everything to gain, she was blessed beyond measure…
Philippians 4:19 (King James Version)
19But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Trust God! Forget about how dismal the situation looks. GOD is bigger than any problem or situation we face. Look up and live!!!
Webster defines determination as: a the act of deciding definitely and firmly; also : the result of such an act of decision b : firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end <a woman of great courage and determination>
What is determination from a Christian viewpoint?
- Learning how to break down a seemingly impossible task by concentrating on smaller achievable goals.
- Realizing that my present struggles are necessary for future achievements in my life.
- Giving whatever energy is necessary to fulfill God given responsibilities and commands no matter how I sometimes feel.
- Purposing to accomplish God’s will regardless of the opposition I face.
- Rejecting any distraction that will hinder the completion of a task.
When you are determined to accomplish a goal, the word no cannot be part of your vocabulary. You have to keep your eyes fixed on the prize, and know that you were chosen for such a time as this. I can say with all assurance that this journey has not been easy, but it has certainly been worth it!
The three Hebrew captives were a perfect example of determination because they aimed to accomplish God’s will for their lives no matter what the consequences. They didn’t experience deliverance from the fire until they were willing to go into the fire.
As I go foward in life and fiery furnace experiences, I must be determined to go with Him all they way, so that I may come forth as pure gold.