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Who is Worthy? A Widow's Frustrations

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Lately I have been thinking I should post some insights on this blog that the Lord has given to me. I am a woman who loves Jesus and has lived a life with many difficulties. I only wish I could claim to be as wise as the great women of our time like Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer, however, I admit that occassionally I am blessed with some great wisdom that flows through my fingers onto the page. When the Holy Spirit uses me in my writing, I know it is happening. I can tell that my own feeble mind had nothing to do with the words written, rather the Holy Spirit used me in those moments to write something beautiful.

I want to share some of those bits of wisdom that the Lord has given. I want you to hear what I have heard. I don't feel worthy to post these snips of wisdom. I am not sure why I am the vessel God has chosen to share this through, but I know I need to do it. Which is likely why He gave me these people to share about. Real people in the Bible that did these things for the Lord but were not always worthy of the task, and yet, they were chosen.

I pray that these words will speak to your heart and give you whatever it is you need from the Lord today. I don't claim to be a great scholar, but I do claim to be a lover of the Lord who tries to listen when the Holy Spirit speaks. Above all, the Word of God is the only truth. If you find time to read nothing but the scriptures provided, then that all you need to hear from the Lord.

So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?”As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
“As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” 1 Kings 17:10-12

The Widow at Zeraphath

There is a lot that can be said about the widow at Zeraphath. First, let’s visit verses 10-12 in 1 Kings 17. Here we see that she and her son are ready to have their last meal and die. There had been a drought in the land and it was not easy to get food. As a woman with no husband to care for her, she would have been one of the first to be affected by this lack of food. Her son also doesn’t appear to be old enough to go out and work.

Then here comes Elijah, don’t worry we will get to him in our studies, and he asks her for food and water! God did tell Elijah that He had already told the woman to provide for him, so she obeyed when he asked. However, I do find it interesting that although she is obedient, she definitely felt she needed to be heard. She told Elijah, “sure I will go get your water, but I don’t have food. In fact, I was about to go cook what is left for my son and I so we can die a little less hungry than we are at this moment.” I can identify with her, because when I am not happy about what God is asking, sometimes I am sure to let others know as well.

So, our widow, possibly in frustration, goes ahead and trusts that Elijah says there will be enough. She makes him the bread and God allows her to never run out of the oil and flour she needs. Her obedience brought about a miracle that saved her son and herself. Pretty amazing even though she may have been unhappy in her obedience.

You would think that never running out food and living would be enough for her to trust that God is with Elijah who is staying with her. Yet, the Bible tells us that some time later her son became very ill and stopped breathing. Her response after seeing the miracle of the food is found in verse 18. What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” She is one angry momma! And she is doubting God and Elijah.

How often have you seen God work miracles in your life only to turn around at the next trial to doubt that He will provide? It can be so hard to trust when things are unbearable. I can only imagine how this mother felt watching her son get more and more sick and then die. The pain she must have felt, the fear, anger and pure grief. All those emotions would cause me to doubt God’s plan as well.

However, despite her doubt, God sent Elijah into the room with the boy and he brought him back to life. He carried her son down to her and the widow admits that she finally believes Elijah is a man of God! I can’t be sure, but I wonder if later as she pondered over all that had occurred if she felt a bit foolish for doubting? Were there thoughts that ran through her head that she didn’t deserve the miracles God had provided in her life? Or maybe she was just so happy to have her son back that she only thought of the blessings and praised God for his faithfulness. Either way, I love that God still used her to feed and house His prophet in spite of her doubts. He can use us when we struggle with doubt and fear as well.


1. When have you doubted God in your circumstances?

2. Are you one to tell others when you are not happy with God’s ask? Do you grumble under your breath or complain to God?

Mindset shift: Remember at least 2 times that God has been faithful in a difficult situation in your life. Write about how He came through and gave you exactly what you needed.

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