This morning, my friend sent a picture of people standing in the rain waiting to enter a grocery store that is open 24/7. I have heard of people stocking up on toilet paper and water. However, I think we have gone to far when young families cannot find baby wipes for their babies that need them. Have we become so self-centered that we don’t recognize the impact this has on others? Do we even care? I think the verse of the day says it all, And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16 NIV.
The story in the bible, The Widow at Zarephath, 1Kings 17:8-16 is such a great example of how God wants us to be during this time of uncertainty. God sent Elijah to the village of Zarephath where he had instructed a widow there to feed him. When Elijah arrived he saw a widow gathering sticks, and asked her, “Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?” As she was going to get it, he called to her , ” Bring me a bite of bread, also.” I’m sure the women was sadden to reply, ” I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug.” I can almost hear her voice crack, as she probably hung her head down and said, ” I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.”
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then what’s left prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: “There will always be flour and olive oil in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and crops grow again!”” So she did as Elijah said. She, Elijah and her son continued to eat for many days. For there was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.
I think the key thing is DON’T BE AFRAID…. When we are consumed by fear we immediately become selfish. That’s exactly what the devil wants us to do. This is the time that we all need to pray for each other. Ask God to place a hedge of protection around people with compromised immune systems and the elderly. God is the same yesterday, today and forever! He will bring us through this.