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Stand Back and Watch

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 17:16 NIV

Photo courtesy of morguefile and jameslheu.I take the biblical approach to laundry—we have what we need when we need it.

Take my husband’s sock drawer for example. Each morning he slides it open, grabs fresh socks, sometimes leaves empty space behind . . . then voila. The next day he has exactly what he needs. Another pair of socks.

He never has more than necessary (How many socks do you wear at one time anyway?), and he never goes without. My sweetheart can even dress in the dark because he trusts that upon opening the drawer, his need for foot coverage will be met. For the drawer of socks was not used up …

Our heavenly Father is all about meeting needs. He just asks that we place our hand in His and trust in His plans and purposes. The widow mentioned in 1 Kings was faced with a crazy/tough decision: meet the need of the prophet Elijah by using the last of her cooking supplies, or refuse, saving the last scoops of flour and oil for her own household. This woman—on the verge of starvation—took a life-and-death leap of faith and obedience, and God was there, making provision and honoring her faith.

What about us? We’re often tempted to hold on to our resources instead of giving them for God to multiply. We fear God doesn’t fully understand the seriousness of the situation. But what if I can’t pay the bills this month or what if God doesn’t come through this time? What if … what if … what if? God knows and He cares. He wants to grow and strengthen us through the exercise of obedience.

“For the jar of flour was not used up…” Give what you have to God and watch what He will do!

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and jameslheu.)

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Leigh Ann Thomas

Leigh Ann Thomas is a wife, mom, and grammy who enjoys sharing the love of Jesus through the written word. She has been writing church worship drama and devotional material for over twenty years and is the author of Time Out: A Quiet-time Devotional for Busy Moms. Her blog, Heart Undivided (www.leighathomas.com) seeks to encourage and inspire others to live full lives in Christ.


  1. Thanks, Leigh. I needed this little push of encouragement today.

  2. Amen! Great post, Leigh Ann. Thanks for the reminder.