Tonight we met for some yummy food and a nice time of fellowship. Someone made a delicious strawberry cream cake, too!
After that we read Matthew 6:19-21.
As Jesus continues His famous sermon, He reveals that focusing on material possessions is futile, while serving Him will result in treasure in Heaven. We can’t take anything with us to Heaven, but we can share the love of Jesus with others and show them the way.
Focusing on the Lord helps us see, because He is the light. Psalm 119:105. We need to choose to serve the Lord, not focus on our stuff or things of this world. Joshua 24:15, Colossians 3:2
God does not want us to worry. Jesus tells us repeatedly not to worry. Not only do we need to focus on laying up treasure in Heaven, serving God, and keeping our eyes on Him, but we also need to understand that He promises to take care of our needs. What a beautiful nutshell:”But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:33-34) This reminded us of the beautiful story of God’s provision for Elijah and for the widow and her son.
1 Kings 17:1-24
Our commentaries helped us to understand that this was not an Israelite woman. She was destitute as a widow, and she and her son were about to starve. God spoke to her and told her He was sending a man for her to provide for. When Elijah came and asked her for water, she didn’t hesitate. But when he asked her for food, she told him she was about to prepare her last meal for herself and her son. Elijah insisted that she make him a little cake first, and he promised her that God would provide for them. She had incredible faith in Israel’s God, and He took care of her.
But we see God reach out to her even more. Her son died, and guilt and anger swept through her heart. She asked Elijah if he came there to punish her for her sins by killing her son. Elijah simply asked her for her son, took him upstairs, and cried out to God on her behalf. God restored him, and when Elijah brought him to her, “. . .the woman said to Elijah, ‘Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is the truth.'” (1 Kings 17:24) What a declaration of faith! There was no doubt left in her mind. Israel’s God was now her God, too. God took care of Elijah first through the ravens, and then through this Gentile widow. God drew this widow to a deep faith through her encounter with Elijah.