I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. (Luke 4:25-26)
Jesus tells us in Matthew 17:20 that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible. We’re human, so Jesus only expects us to have a small amount of faith. Two days ago, I mentioned my daughter and her husband made an offer to buy a home. She told me from the beginning they wanted acreage and later told me she wanted a stone fireplace. She declared her belief to another that God would provide a home for them and that she felt the home they placed an offer on was meant for her because it had three acres and a stone fireplace. The contract is now signed. God is great, and my daughter’s faith in Him has increased.
Jesus mentions the widow from an Old Testament story. (1 Kings 17:7-24) She and her son were Gentiles with whom Elijah, the prophet, stayed in Zarephath (a village in present-day Lebanon) during a drought and famine that lasted 3½ years. The woman had no food, only a handful of flour and a little jug of oil. God told her, through Elijah, that the flour and oil would not run out during the drought. It didn’t. The drought also affected Israel. Jesus implicated that God could have blessed Israelite widows, but he didn’t because at the time the Israelites had no faith.
Now the Nazarenes have no faith in Jesus, so it’s not God’s plan to help them either. Jesus won’t be able to perform many miracles in Nazareth because it will be difficult to find Nazarenes who have faith.
Dear God, let us have faith as a mustard seed, so God will bless us and work through us, then nothing will be impossible.