1 Kings 17
We see two amazing miracles happen in today’s passage. Both involve a step of faith. But in both cases those demonstrating faith know that they don’t have much to lose.
The widow is told that if she uses some of her precious flour to make Elijah some bread, God will provide more flour and oil for her and she will not run out. She has a choice to make as to what she does with her last tiny bit of food. Her plan A wasn’t much of an option at all – eat one last meal with her son and die. But it was still precious, it was all she had, she could have chosen to cling onto that one last bit of comfort and enjoyment and life. Instead, she chooses to swap the pitiful option in her hands for the hope that Elijah is offering.
Later, when Elijah asks God to raise the boy to life, his prayer does not appear to be a great prayer of faith, he does not come across as someone who knows how to raise a person from the dead! Rather, he cries out to God in desperation. He appears to have nothing to lose – the boy is already dead, his mother already thinks that he has brought about a curse on her. But how many of us would have done what Elijah did? There are still things that he could have let stop him – pride, dignity, the desire to appear that he was in control or understood the situation. Instead, he threw himself on God with whatever faith he had.
When it comes to acting out of faith in God, what do you have to lose? Whatever it is, however small and pitiful, are you willing to lose it? In Philippians 3 v 8-9, Paul says “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him.” If we can count everything apart from faith in Christ as rubbish, we will have nothing to lose.
I would encourage you to think about what you don’t want to lose that could hold you back from living in faith. And to ask God for the ability to be willing to lose it. What have you got to lose?!