1 Kings 17; Job 38; 42:5, 6; Luke 4:24-28; Hebrews 11:1; Revelation 1:17
The story of the widow of Zarephath is an awesome reminder of how God will take care of us and our needs today if we will trust and obey.
Connecting with the Scripture Topic
- God chose to use unconventional ways to take care of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath during the three-year drought. Why did God use these “strange” ways to care for these people?
- Share some strange ways God has taken care of you in times of crisis.
- The Bible includes many of God’s promises to care for us. Share with the group which of these promises you count on when times are tough.
- Thought Questions
Read 1 Kings 17:7-12. Why did God send Elijah to the widow of Zarephath?
- To help Elijah see how the drought had affected other people
- To show Elijah a Gentile’s faith
- To take care of the widow
- To test the widow’s faith
- To show God’s power in a pagan land
Read 1 Kings 17:13, 14. The widow had to feed Elijah first before God would take care of her and her son. Why?
- God has the right to make the rules.
- God often works miracles after we obey.
- God wanted to build her faith to prepare her for future troubles.
- God knew it was more of a miracle when she had nothing left.
- God wanted her to see her lack of power.
Read 1 Kings 17:15, 16. Each day God provided enough flour and oil for the widow to survive. Why?
- God used the ordinary to do the extraordinary.
- God wanted her to depend daily on heaven.
- God wanted the widow to learn to rest in her salvation first.
- God never does things the way we expect.
- God didn’t want her to trust in her stored excess of food.
Read 1 Kings 17:17-24. The widow’s son died suddenly. Why did God allow this?
- For Elijah to face his issues with doubt and faith
- To show that sin is still present around saved people
- To remind them that bad things happen to good people
- To show God’s power over death
- It’s a mystery.
Applying the Message of the Scripture
Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. After several minutes, report back to the larger group with your findings.
- Option 1: The story in 1
Kings 17 is about God speaking and people choosing to do what is requested.
When people obey God’s commands, great things happen! Create a flow chart of the
different instructions God gave and to whom the instructions were given, and
describe what happened when each person was willing to listen to and follow
- Option 2: In 1 Kings 17 we
discover that God only worked miracles after the people obeyed instructions. In
each story, list the emotions Elijah and the widow had to face. How did they
overcome their emotions and grow stronger?
- Option 3: Faith is acting before receiving. Can you think of other stories in the Bible (like the widow’s story) where God asked a person to step out in faith before he or she received something? Make a list of these stories and circle common denominators that you can share with someone who is seeking a walk with God.
Valuing Scripture in Your Life
- God is still in the faith business. Who had more faith? Elijah? The widow? The son? Does God still expect us to obey blindly today? When can reason destroy faith?
- What is one thing in your life right now that God is asking you to step out in faith on before a miracle can occur? Share with someone else in the group and then pray together for the faith to act.
Next Week’s Scripture Focus:
Genesis 39:4-6; 2 Kings 4; 5; 8:1-6; Jeremiah 9:23, 24; John 13:1-17; 1 Timothy 6:10