Life Lesson 5 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow





Life Lesson 5 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow



Life Lesson 5 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Begin Working

Another thing that you can do to defeat fear is to begin working by doing what God has asked you to do because Elijah responded by telling her "Do not fear. Go and do"


Therefore begin doing what God has called you to do instead of letting fear of your limitations or your problems paralyze you. 

If for instance you only have a handful of flour and a little oil in a jar, go and do what you can with what you have even if it is baking a very small cake.


Bible study for women 1 Kings Prophet Elijah



Life Lesson 4 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow





Life Lesson 4 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow



Life Lesson 4 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Do Not Be Afraid

When the widow told Elijah of her dire situation, he responded by telling her "Do not fear." (1 Kings 17:13) 

Therefore if God tells you to do something and you do not have adequate resources, "Do not fear." (1 Kings 17:13) 

Decide that you will not let fear control you because it can abort your miracle.


If you find that fear is playing a big role in how you obey God's instructions, deal with it by deciding to trust God even more because faith in God is the antidote for fear.


Bible study for women 1 Kings Prophet Elijah



Life Lesson 3 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow





Life Lesson 3 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow



Life Lesson 3 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Be Honest with God

When Elijah asked the widow to bring him a piece of bread, she responded by saying she did not have any bread only a handful of flour and a little oil.

She even gave the specifics and told him where they were (in a bin and in a jar) and what she had planned to do with them (prepare the last meal for her son and herself). (1 Kings 17:12)

Thus we can see that she was honest with Elijah and by extension with God. 

God definitely knew the minutiae of her situation and we do not know if He revealed them to Elijah but the point is that we have to be honest and tell God of our circumstances even if we know that already He knows about them.

This act of telling God is important because it brings us closer to Him and also acts as a form of catharsis as we cast our cares to Him.

Therefore be honest with God and tell Him the minute details of your stressful situation because by so doing you will also be obeying 1 Peter 5:7 which says Cast your cares upon Him because He cares for you and Psalm 55:22 which says Cast your cares upon Him and He will sustain you.


Bible study for women 1 Kings Prophet Elijah



Life Lesson 2 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow





Life Lesson 2 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow


Life Lesson 2 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

First Obey the First Instructions

As the widow displayed her obedience by going to get the water, Elijah called out to her and gave her the next instructions when he asked her to bring him a piece of bread. (1 Kings 17:11)

This shows us that when God speaks to us either directly through prayer and His Word or indirectly through His prophets, we have to obey the first set of instructions He gives us if we want Him to move on and give us the next set of instructions.

We can also see that this obedience does not even have to be in actually doing the thing but in preparing to do it because the widow did not actually bring Elijah water, she displayed her obedience by Going to get it. (1 Kings 17:11)

Therefore when God asks you to do something, begin taking the necessary steps for doing it because obedience to the first set of instructions can lead to the next set of instructions where your miracle may lie like in this woman's case for her miracle was in being provided with food and not water, during the famine.


Bible study for women 1 Kings Prophet Elijah


Life Lesson 1 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow





Life Lesson 1 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Elijah prophesied to King Ahab that it would not rain and God told him to go to the Brook Cherith where He would send ravens to feed him. (1 Kings 17:2-4) 

After some time, the brook dried because of the drought and God told Elijah to go to a widow in Zarephath and we can learn the following lessons from their encounter:

Obey God

When the Cherith Brook dried up, God told Elijah, "Go to Zarephath and live there.  I have commanded a widow to provide for you."

Elijah responded obediently for he arose and went to Zarephath. (1 Kings 17:8-10) 

He did not complain to God that he had moved from where he was when he prophesied about the drought to King Ahab to go to the Brook Cherith and now he had to move again since it had dried and go to Zarephath which was in Sidon. 

Therefore obey God’s instructions because He is the one Who knows what He has planned for your future.


Bible study for women 1 Kings Prophet Elijah

When Elijah arrived at the Zarephath city gate, he found a widow gathering sticks and asked her to bring him some water to drink. 

The widow obediently stopped doing what she had been doing and went to get him water. (1 Kings 17:10-11)

This widow's act of obedience was itself a sacrifice because Elijah asked her for water which was a scarce commodity at that time due to the drought. This drought had affected a large area because Elijah later told her 'The bin of flour shall not be used up and the jar of oil shall not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.'" (1 Kings 17:14) This shows us the earth was affected by the drought and not just King Ahab's territory.

Therefore be obedient when God asks you to do something even if it is uncomfortable for you to do so for To obey God is better than sacrifice and to heed Him is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)

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