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Famine Makes Me Fat

“…you gave your people food of angels, and without their toil you supplied them from heaven with bread ready to eat, providing every pleasure and suited to every taste.” (Wisdom of Solomon 16:20)

Wow! A chocolate malt and Superdog from B&G Milkway in Sioux Falls, SD? Every day? Three times a day? A famine like that would make me fat(ter).

The angel brought Elijah this food when he asked God to kill him. One meal lasted forty days – talk about calories.

The prophet’s widow who sought Elisha (2 Kings 4:1-7) got angel oil. Her husband had died, leaving her with debts, and creditors on the way to turn her two sons into slaves. Behind her report we can almost hear her rumbling, “Where now is your God, Elisha? Is this how he treats his servants? Where are his promises now?”

Elisha then confronts her with a strange question, “What do you have?” “Well if I had anything to say to that, would I be here?” she might have said. But instead she confesses, “Nothing but a flask of oil.” Elisha’s mentor Elijah had posed a similar question to the starving widow of Zarephath, “Could you make me a little cake first before you feed yourself and your boy?” (1 Kings 17:13) What kind of questions are these in the face of such need?

Then Elisha tests her further by giving her a ridiculous job – “Go to all your neighbors and borrow their empty jugs.” How is she to explain this strange begging? But she does not balk – her need and her faith drive her on.

Then says Elisha, “Shut the door and pour…” She did as she was instructed until all the jars were filled. She was never in better company than when there alone with God, putting the Word into practice. God met her supply. Her best qualification was her emptiness.

Behind closed doors is also where we get our supply from him who is able “to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine” and turn our famine around. (Ephesians 3:20)

It may be hard on your figure though.

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  1. BESSIE GRANDY BESSIE GRANDY

    Loooooove It! My medicine for the day….

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