Monday, March 19, 2012

Thar be plenty of food in the hold!

For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the LORD sends rain and the crops grow again!”
So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the LORD had promised through Elijah  I Kings 17:14-16

When a ship was preparing to leave port and go on a long journey, it was necessary to bring enough food and water on board for every person to last until they could make anchorage at another port and resupply. But the seas were unpredictable. Storms rose up and blew ships off course and without modern navigational instruments, ships could easily get lost at sea. As supplies in the hold dwindled, the sailors went on half-rations, then quarter rations, and then finally were forced to live on very little food a day. They desperately cried out to God to bring them to an island or port before they all died.

Let's face it, we live in trying times. At the time I'm writing this, the price of many items in the grocery store has doubled in the past year. The cost of gas is nearly $5 a gallon and unemployment is at an all time high. Not to mention that our nation's debt is spinning out of control. Many people are having trouble putting food on the table for their families.

There is cause for great worry.  But should we be worried?  Our Father in heaven says "No".

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?"  Matthew 6:25

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Matthew 6:31-33

God's Word is full of stories of God's provision. Here are just a few:

  • The story in Kings 17 above where God provided for Elijah and the widow and her son through years of drought from just one bottle of olive oil and a bag of flour. 
  • Earlier in that same chapter, God sent ravens to feed Elijah
  • In 1 Kings 19, an angel fed Elijah in the wilderness
  • In Matthew 4, Jesus was fed by angels in the desert after His temptation
  • In John 2, Jesus changed water into wine
  • Two times, in both John 6 and in Matthew 15, Jesus feeds first 5000 people and then 4000 people with only a few loaves of bread and some fish (you can probably double those numbers too since they didn't count women and children!) 

God provides! He can even send birds to feed you if He has to. He can make everything you have right now in your cupboard never run out!

I once read a story about a missionary in Jerusalem who ran an orphanage. Her name was Lydia Prince and her book is called Appointment in Jerusalem, if you're interested. Anyway, many times she wouldn't have any thing to feed the children for dinner. Yet instead of worrying, she would always pray for God to provide and then set the table with all the dishes and utensils they needed for a huge meal. And God ALWAYS came through. He would send food in different ways. A gift from a neighbor or a chicken walking into their home or the sudden appearance of some money, but she and the kids never went hungry.

So if the supplies in your hold are dwindling and you aren't sure from where or when you will be able to replenish them, never fear, for your Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills!

I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread  Psalm 37:25


  1. Thank you for your blog, MaryLu. I went to your Facebook page and "liked" it this morning.

    Diane S.

  2. Mon March 19th,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    Thank-you, for this great reminder that our God provides and takes care of us, as His children.
    I am reminded of Psalm 23: Verse 1 - "The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing." V. 5 -- "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows." V. 6 -- "Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
    God IS good, ALL the time, no matter what.
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  3. Hi MaryLu!
    Sorry I haven't been around lately. My family has to cut the trips to the library short (where I have access to a computer) to save on gas. But! Your blog is so true-and was definetely something I needed to hear, er, read. Its a big reminder that even though everything seems hopeless, He's always there, ready to help and provide. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  4. A woman who goes to my church had a similar experience as the missionary you mentioned. She and her husband were going through a really rough financial time and ran completely out of money and food three days before payday (they have kids, too). Without mentioning it to anyone, they got phone calls from three families inviting them to their houses for dinner the next three nights. Cool, huh? :-)

  5. Thanks Diane!!

    Hello Brenda! Yes indeed, God is good all the time! Love your reference to Psalm 23, one of my favs!

    Eszter, welcome back! Yes, with gas prices the way they are, lots of people have to cut back. So nice to hear from you!! Yes, God is always there. :-)

    Sapphire. I love hearing stories like that! God is so amazing.. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  6. So true, so true. I've seen first hand how God provides for our every day needs. I think I've read Lydia's story before; sounds very familiar. Thanks for sharing this post. A lot of people need to hear that God will never abandon them.

  7. What a wonderful post, MaryLu. Isn't it amazing how God gives us example after example of His willingness and ability to provide -- in His Word as well as our lives -- and yet, we still find it hard to trust Him. God's patience is mind-boggling! Thanks for the reminder. :-)