“For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry” (I Kings 17:16).
The blessing of God will never decrease. The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry. He is the one to feed all through the famine. Even during the days of drought, He is the one to make His children prosperous.
Every day, miracles continued to happen in the home of the poor widow from Zarephath. Though famine was at its peak all over the world, there was no decrease of flour, oil and bread in her home. Do you know what the reason was? In spite of her poverty, she gave happily to God. She was to gather a few sticks, go home, prepare a meal for herself and her son, eat and then die. Even in that pathetic situation she prepared a small bread and gave it to Elijah.
God saw her generosity and blessed her. “Give, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38). This is the counsel of God for you.
Certain incidents wherein the forefathers in the Scripture blessed others are surprising me. While Abraham blessed Isaac, he did not keep anything for himself but wholeheartedly gave to Isaac all that he had. Isaac told Isa, “Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt and prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.” Here, the son had to prepare tasty food for his father to get his blessings.
Similar to this, there are certain blessings which God give you with natural willingness. There are certain blessings which God fulfils based on a condition. He has given us the precious air, sunlight and water freely without laying any condition.
But at the same time, to bless us opening the windows of the heaven, He has laid a condition. It is the offering of the tithe. He said, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it” (Malachi 3:10).
Dear children of God, in order to receive the blessings, you willingly offer the tithe in all that you receive from God. May it be a pastor or may it be an Evangelist, to whomsoever you give, cheerfully give it as though you are giving to God Himself. Then you will receive the perfect blessings.
To meditate: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).