In the spring of 1967, I graduated from high school with a little bit of fear and a great deal of anticipation. I knew that God wanted me to go to a certain Bible college, but I had no savings account, and my parents had not been able to put back any money either. I had to jump in totally by faith and pray that God would provide. I worked at the college, washing dishes, and I also did ironing for a family that lived nearby. In addition, I volunteered for odd jobs that would add to my meager earnings. What little money I made went on my tuition and room and board. That was probably the most difficult time for me financially that I have ever faced, but God always supplied my needs. By the time I graduated, I owed nothing. Not one dime. When I look back, I don’t know how it happened. I just know God did it. Since that time, there have been situations when God has whispered to me to help someone when I didn’t think I had the money. But God has never prompted me to give when He didn’t provide for all my needs as well.

A story from the Old Testament teaches us this same principle. God told Elijah (as recorded in I Kings 17:9), “Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Ziddon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.”

Now I wonder what the reaction of that lady was when God told her to feed Elijah when she had only enough for one meal for herself and her child. In her place, I probably would have asked, “Are you sure, God? Do you really want us to die this way? Surely there are some families around here that have enough food to help out this prophet. Why aren’t you asking them? Why me?”

Hasn’t God told us in many other places in the Bible that we are to take care of the widows and fatherless? Then why would He ask a poor woman who was without a husband to take care of a healthy grown man? As it happened, when she obeyed, God saved her and her child from starvation. God got the glory, because He did the impossible. From that day on, the lady had enough food even though others were starving. God made good on His promise. And, knowing God as I do, this lady was blessed continually for her act of faith and sacrifice.

God sometimes wants to do the impossible for us too. We just have to take that step of faith and follow His still small voice. The blessings He sends will be unbelievable. He may not make us rich, but rest assured that He’ll take care of us.