Daughters of Grace Series: The Widow of Zarephath
Last week we continued a study from the Daily Grace Co. called Daughters of Grace. We talked about Hannah, her story, characteristics, and what we can learn from her life. This week we are talking about someone you may not know a ton about: the Widow of Zarephath. Her story can be found in 1 Kings 17:7-24
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1. What do we learn about God and His character in the life of the widow of Zarephath?
In this story we see God's faithfulness and provision, just as we do in the other stories we have studied! We see that God's character is to keep His promises and to never let us down. He always provides fresh grace and mercy for each day!
2. What character qualities, positive or negative, do we see demonstrated in the life of the widow of Zarephath?
- negative outlook
- reluctantly trusting
As I was making this list, I wondered what had made this woman into who she is during this time with Elijah. If you think about what we know of her- that she was a foreign woman, a widow, with a son, living in poverty- we see such a clear outline of why the woman acted in the ways that she does. This woman has been through so much! She lost her husband, has no way to provide food for her son, is living thorugh famine... she feels that it is all too much to carry on. We see in 1 Kings 17:12 that the Widow of Zarephath is preparing to die with her son. She feels as if all is lost and she is forgotten. BUT the beautiful thing is she has not been forgotten! God will be there for her when things begin to look even more grim.
I believe that this story was given to us for such a big purpose! We read about Deborah's leadership skills and Hannah's faithfulness, and Ruth's loyalty... but this woman? The Widow of Zarephath? She reminds me of you and I. People who may feel like they aren't great leaders, or the most faithful or loyal. We are just normal people, who struggle with our brokenness and trials life has handed us- just like the Widow of Zarephath.
3. What can I learn from the story of the widow of Zarephath that I can apply to my own life?
- God can provide for every need we face. He will never leave us or let us down.
- Every single day, God provides fresh mercy and grace for us.
- Just because you go through a bad season in your life, it does not mean that God is against you!
- We can be hospitable, even if we do not have much.
- God can use you for good, no matter where you are at.