A recent discussion in a class at George Wythe University was revolving around what can be done if the economy becomes very terrible, if unemployment hits 40%, if hunger and pain surround us for a time. Ideas like getting out of debt and storing up commodities were brought up as preparation. However, the idea that struck us most was spiritual readiness to do the following in 1 Kings 17:
12 And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
14 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.
15 And she awent
and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many
16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah
Too often I have heard friends and fellow Christians make the statements along the lines of: “I have to protect my two-year supply.” Or, “What if someone wants to come and take my food if things go bad? I need to be able to keep it to feed my family.”
That attitude is not one of faith or trust of love. It is one of fear. For the widow of Zarapheth to be willing to share her last bit of food with another required a sure step on the Fearless Path. I hope that if that time ever comes, I will have the trust manifested in the example of this faithful woman to fearlessly give of my substance, even more so of my need, to those who also need. I believe that those who choose this path will receive the natural, yet absurd (according to mortal logic) result, that my “barrel of meal [will waste] not, neither did [my] cruse of oil fail”.