Full of Lack

Staring at the lack, it’s easy to think I’ll just lay here and die. For if the substance of my life is no substance at all, why am I truly living any way? There are many things that one can lack. A lack of sleep turns into a lack of energy and health. A lack of a job or money leads to a lack of food or shelter. A lack of relationship in any capacity leads to loneliness.

God sent Elijah to a widow who had a lot of lack in her life. Elijah knew her situation before he met her; yet knowing her lack, he asked for things he knew she couldn’t provide. His first request was for a little bit of water to drink. As she was on her way to gather the water, Elijah asked for something that was a lot more difficult to produce in her situation. He said to her, “Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.”

But she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.” (1 Kings 17:12)

In her experiences, she knew that the lack that she was living in was so severe that her life was about to run out. Elijah knew that God had sent him to this woman for a reason and insisted that she make him a little bread in addition to what she was making for her son and herself. He went a little further in his insistence. If you do these things that I am asking you to do, your oil and flour will not run out.

So she went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke through Elijah. (1 Kings 17:15, 16)

It’s so easy in our humanity and our want to survive that we will hold on to what little we have. It is so easy to come to a place where we are so comfortable in our lack that we almost depend on it. It’s when we accept our situation that we begin to face an even more dangerous lack, and that is a lack of faith. A lack of faith that the situation can and ultimately will change. If we live with the inevitability of lack, we deny that the great Jehovah Jireh can provide the way out of the lack.

Scripture is full of examples like the one above. Examples of people in dire need stepping beyond their need and giving despite their lack. Whether the faith is produced out of experience or pure desperation it is that faith that leads to the supernatural Provider. All of us can find an example in our lives where we have moved beyond our lack to find the provision we’ve needed.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, (Ephesians 3:20 NASB)

I know that I can do a better job of moving my focus from my lack to the One who provides. How about you; can you remember a time where you have experienced that supernatural provision?

2 Responses to “Full of Lack”

  1. floyd says:

    Good one. I’ve seen the supernatural hand of God in my life even over the last five years or so. When there was little in the way of business, He provided. He always does.

    It’s so easy to overlook the miracle and delivery of our lack and begin to look for the lacks in our lives that we want God to clean up even before we clean our hearts before Him.

    This one made me ponder. That’s a good thing. When we do, all of us that know Him find the same conclusion; His grace.

  2. Over and over I’ve experienced the provision. Over and over it’s a fight not to focus on what’s missing or what you need. In reality, it’s not really what I need because what I need is Him. He is the Provider. He is the Sustainer. He works all things to good… That’s where hope is found. Thanks Philip.
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