I trust we are quite familiar with the stories of the widow of Zarephath and Naaman, the leprous commander of the great Syrian army! For the avoidance of doubt let me do a quick summary!
There was famine in the land of Israel for three plus years as prophesied by Elijah, as punishment for the people's sin! God asked Elijah to go to the pagan town of Zarephath where He had prepared a widow to feed him. Elijah obeyed and found the widow gathering sticks to prepare a last meal for herself and her son. The prophet asked her to first prepare a meal for him and assured her that her last bit of oil and flour would not run out until the famine was lifted. The widow obeyed and Elijah's word came to pass. (1 Kings 17)
Naaman was healed of leprosy after he followed the prophet Elisha's direction to dip seven times in the river Jordan! (2 Kings 5)
Jesus referred to these two stories when He rebuked the people of His hometown Nazareth for rejecting Him. He said, "I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”" Luke 4:25-27
Though these stories were used as a rebuke, from them we also something about God's character and His sovereignty. God is free in the expression of His grace. He is not bound by any rules in deciding whom to bless. He freely showers His grace, mercy and favor on anyone He chooses and no one can accuse Him of unfairness or question Him. It does not matter whether you or others think someone is not worthy or qualified to receive from God. He chose David over Saul, Jacob over Esau, Solomon over Adonijah!
It is my prayer today that God will decide to bless you; that He will decide to bring you that promotion. It is my prayer that God will decide to bring you that healing, open that door for you, perform that miracle you have been waiting for. May God decide to favor you just because He can and He wants to. And as we experience His abounding grace, may we bring others to the saving knowledge of Christ so they too can feast at His table.
Love, Lady Monica ❤