Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth." (1 Kings )
The woman in question here (1 Kings 17:8-24) had already experienced a great miracle in her life; yet she waited for another miracle to acknowledge the integrity of the prophet.
Elijah came to her home, sent by God, at a time when she thought that she was going to have her last meal and then die. The prophet prophesied blessings and they happened. When the land was gripped with famine, she and her son were provided for, miraculously by God. The promise prophesied by the prophet was this.....
"The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land." (1 Kings )
The outcome of the promise, recorded in the Word of God, is this....
So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.(1 Kings , 16)
Was not this miracle enough for her to believe that Elijah was a man of God?
Later her son died and God raised him from the dead when Elijah interceded for him; that was when she exclaimed that...
"Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth."
How many miracles does it take for one to believe?
Did not the food that she and her son ate during the famine inspire her to believe? No, it did not, because when her son died, she accused Elijah and said, "What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?" (1 Kings )
Perhaps she spoke from the bitterness of the tragedy, yet there seemed to be ingratitude inside of her towards the prophet.
God loves a grateful heart.
We must meditate on the miracles God has already done for us, be grateful to God for them and God will bless us again.
God is good and his promise is that he will never leave us nor forsake us, if we have trusted in Jesus Christ's sacrificial work on the cross and are living a life obeying the Word of God.
Also, we must learn to respect them who pray and intercede for us.
As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. (Psalm 16:3)
Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God..................... (1 Peter )
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