1 Kings 17:8-9 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
We make our decisions in life after careful risk assessments. In situations where two decisions come with inherent levels of risk, the less risky option seems to be the way to go.
Elijah was hiding by a brook when he received instruction to travel down to Zarephath. The content of the instruction were as follows ‘I have commanded a widow there to feed you’. For a minute, think about the words: a city and a widow. How many people were in the city and how many were widows? How would Elijah identify the one who was to feed him?
But consider the alternative to not obeying, ‘continue hiding out waiting to die by a brook which had now dried up.’ So there were two options ‘ obey and step out in faith, or remain and perish’
Beloved, choosing to follow God is a risk, but deciding not to, poses an even greater risk. Deuteronomy 30:19 reads ‘I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live’
Choosing life means choosing God,
because in terms of risk, He is the safest insurance.