Seek God for Your Care

Feb. 10, 2020 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There are many things in which we can put our trust, but God wants us to trust Him only. Because we are no longer under the Law of Moses but under grace, we are free to rely on God and not on our own works. We authenticate our trust by giving. When situations happen we can either lean on Him as our source, or lean on other things. The world is full of options and, when we need help, we can either choose Him or choose something else. When we make seeking Him our top priority, He will assume responsibility for our care. God can take care of us even better than we can take care of ourselves.

  1. The story of Elijah and the widow woman is all about trusting God.
    1. And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land (1 Kings 17:1-7).
      1. Elijah, a powerful prophet, trusted God to care for him, and God did so. He obeyed what God told him to do.
      2. Elijah continued to trust God even when the brook dried up. We all face the same situation when whatever sources on which we depend dry up.
    2. And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thy hand. And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but a handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruise of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah (1 Kings 17:8-16).
      1. When we face trials and all our resources fail us, we must seek the Word of the Lord and ask Him for His input into the situation. One Word from Him can change everything about the situation.
      2. If we do not see results right away we can continue trusting that God is working on the situation and He will not let us down. There is always a tomorrow. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).
      3. God was ministering to Elijah by telling him to go to Zarephath to meet the woman who was to care for him. At the same time, he was preparing the woman to be ministered to. This involved trust.
      4. When Elijah asked the woman for bread, he was preparing to teach her how to trust God. There is no authentic trust without giving something.
      5. Fear always tries to make an appearance when we decide to trust God. Fear drives us into self-preservation and gets us to look at ourselves as our source.
      6. The woman authenticated her trust through her giving, and there was enough to last her and her house until the rain returned.
    3. And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? Art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son? And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? And he stretched himself upon the child three times; and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again. And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. And the woman said to Elijah, now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth (1 Kings 17:17-24).
      1. This is a basic lesson in trust. When we trust God in the little, we can trust Him in the much. The woman had learned to trust God in the area of giving; she then had to learn to trust him when her son died.
      2. Condemnation and guilt were present under the old covenant. The woman immediately thought her son died because she had sinned. Even under the new covenant, the devil still tries to pull this trick today and make us think that things happen to us because we sinned.
      3. God had assumed responsibility for the care of the household. The boy revived not because of Elijah, but because the woman had demonstrated her trust in God. Sin-consciousness tried to interrupt their trust.
      4. When the enemy accuses us and tries to dredge up something from our past, we must remember we are the righteousness of God. We are not under the Law of Moses, but under the covenant of grace. Therefore there is no condemnation for them who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
      5. This situation was a shadow of things to come. Jesus came to give us grace and truth (John 1:17).
      6. We prove to ourselves that we trust in God when we give of our financial resources. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over (Luke 6:38).
      7. God does not need our money, only our trust. He told the children of Israel that if He were hungry, He would not tell them. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Psalm 50:12).

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Scripture References

1 Kings 17:1-24

Psalm 30:5

Romans 8:1

John 1:17

Luke 6:38

Psalm 50:12

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