Rev. Dr. A. A. Obe (JP)
August 6, 2023
GOD IS NOT DEAD, HE IS ALIVE AND WILL NOT ABANDON YOU.
TOPIC: GOD IS NOT DEAD, HE IS ALIVE AND WILL NOT ABANDON YOU.
TEXT: 1Kings 17:7-16; Psalm 37:18-19; Jeremiah 32:27; 1 Kings 17:7-16.
MINISTERING: REV. DR. A. A. OBE
No matter what is happening today in the world and our nation, God can still answer us. He is not dead. Learn from the Shunamite woman
1. There is no hopelessness in God: Our circumstances never tell the whole story. They tell only what we see but the eternal God is our refuge and always, underneath are His everlasting arms.
2. There is no lack in God: I imagine this widow watching her flour and oil dwindle for weeks. She had one more handful of flour and perhaps if she knocked every last bit from the container’s sides, and left the oil jar to hang upside down, she’d get just enough to make one last cake. Before she ever reached the place of need, God knew how he would meet it. And he did
a. Her flour was getting low, but God knew Elijah would come.
b. Her oil is running thin, but God knew Elijah would come.
c. She heads out to gather sticks for a last meal, but God knew Elijah would come.
d. And Elijah came
3. There is no lack in God – but there are tests of faith.
You know, God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and he could have hand-delivered one to this woman. But instead, he asks her to trust and obey. She had to give the last of what she has to the prophet of God with a promise that God wouldn’t let her flour and oil run out until the drought was over.
God wanted more than to simply meet this woman’s needs. He wanted this unbeliever in a gentile country to know that he was the one true God. God was more interested in feeding her soul than feeding her stomach. When she trusted God with everything she had, God provided everything she needed.
Seven ways to enjoy God in times like this
1. Be obedient to God.
2. Keep on serving God.
3. Learn to take risk.
4. Always walk with God.
5. Learn to exercise patience.
6. Be hardworking.
7. Give your last meal to God.