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. 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. 1 Kings 17:12-13.
Help is of God, obedience to his word is key to obtaining his help. Just as the needs are diverse, help is needed to meet all needs. The story of the woman of Zarephath is popular and the preachers haven. Abundance in austerity is the desire of many. Coming in contact with the prophet that called for the famine was a good time to bare the mind. How could you call for a famine in the land and seek bread of her. I thought God would have exempted him from the drought. So even the prophet needed bread, the anointing multiplies every gift. God has never needed the gift, every offering is an opportunity to be far from suffering. The gift is your key to connect to heavens abundance. Honour gives the best to God first to procure help always.
“Honour the Lord with thy substance,and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”Proverbs 3:9-10.
Those that honour the lord obtain the reward of help in abundance. Your gift limits or empowers the helper; honour release the help of God. Those that make God first in their life are served first in life. Offering and suffering sound similar but with a world of difference. Instead of eating to die, honour gave her abundance and plenty. Those that eat it all die of lack, those that give as commanded never lack help. The woman of Zarephath got her life back and abundance in addition. Gifts of honour procures everything at once. Honour is the gift of life; when you think it’s all over, help comes.
“And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah:and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. 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.” 1 Kings 17:15-16.