Study Material: I Kings 17:17-18
17 After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill. And his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.
18 And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son.
Yesterday we looked at how the widow of Zarephath saw a change in season from hopeless to hopeful. She went from lack to a state of plenty in a time of famine. Her season of change had brought great joy. It was a wonderful time with God when Elijah, God’s anointed was used to bless her and her son and save them from death. But after that season, there was another change. A season of illness and grief emerged. The same son who was saved from death by hunger was now dead from an illness (v17).
What was the widow’s reaction to this seasonal shock? She blamed the same anointed man of God (v18). Is this not how we react to God? We are happy when seasonal changes of joy and celebrations come. We bless the name of the Lord; but when seasonal changes of sadness and grief come, we accuse God and start to say and do offensive things. We should be grateful that God is not like man who holds grudges. Elijah took no offense to the widow’s lashing out. She who was given food during famine because of Elijah was now accusing him of coming to her house to bring death to her son (v18). How soon we forget.
How soon we forget when things go bad. We forget those who have helped us. We ostracize everybody and blame everyone for our troubles. It works in the reverse as well. When our seasons change for the better, we often forget God and start to take credit for the grace of God upon our lives. God is faithful, loving and forgiving. No matter the season of life that you are passing through, give thanks.
Homework: Pray and ask God for the grace to never be ungrateful for all of the good that He has done for you. Ask Him to help you to never be quick to forget His mercies and kindness upon your life and the lives of your family.