“Elijah said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me.’”1 Kings 17:13
This was not what the widow expected. Since she had run out of food, she was planning to eat her last meal with her son, knowing death awaited her. Yet when Elijah asked her to feed him first, she stepped out in faith and obediently gave him her last food. God then opened the storehouse of supplies so the widow and her son would never go hungry again (v. 16).
Hudson Taylor, the great mid to late-1800s British missionary to China, wrote of a similar experience in his autobiography. He was asked to help a family in need, but was down to his last coin. Wishing he could divide it to help them, the Lord prompted him to give it all. This not only left him broke, but also without knowledge of where money would come from any time soon. The next day an unexpected letter arrived containing 20 times the amount he had given away the night before!
Give willingly to others. Watch and see how the Lord brings about unexpected blessings. A step of faith in obedience is a fearful thing, but God delights that we trust in Him to provide.
As you give of yourself to others, remember the most unexpected blessing of all: that your Savior gave Himself—every ounce of His life—for you!