When There’s Nothing Left

Series: Letters from My Future Self | Week 3: Put Money in Its Place

Read 1 Kings 17:7-12 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.

1. What actions and themes do you see in today’s verses?
2. What emotions do you see?
3. Where do you see God in the passage?

Elijah leaves a dried-up brook and goes into enemy territory to rely on a poor widow for his next meal. The widow’s reaction reveals her financial state. She has nothing left and is in desperate need. So why did God choose to use her to give Elijah food? Likely to teach us an important truth: God invites everyone to be generous regardless of circumstances.

So often we tend to sit back and think, “Somebody else will meet that need.” But just like God called the widow to be generous, even in her dire circumstances, He calls us to be generous too. If He can use a destitute widow to meet a need, He can use us.

When it comes to the church that spiritually feeds you, are you contributing to meet the needs around you? Or are you sitting back and assuming someone else will step up? Surrender any thoughts or attitudes that are keeping you from being generous toward others. Ask God to open your eyes to the needs around you and to trust Him as you step in to help.

Want to go deeper? One area where you can step in to help is the Foster and Adoption Ministry at Traders Point. Check out tpcc.org/fam to see ways you can meet practical needs, including current donation needs on our Amazon wish list (linked on the righthand side of the webpage).

Letters from My Future Self