God is faithful and worthy of our trust
Updated: Jun 1, 2020
Facilitator Notes: Rev. Nicole Duncan-Smith
Through our trust in God, we are able to see community in the
strange lands and crisis-filled times.
The best time to see God’s magnificent faithfulness is when we
fallback and watch the Great Creator during times of distress,
trauma, and crisis. Our Mother’s Day word involved a mother, but
she was not the linchpin of the message the writer was trying to
convey. She did not point directly to God, even as God worked
through her and used her as an operative in His perfect will for Elijah.
The passage was really a universal story about how God works with
His people who dedicate their lives to him. It about how that vertical
relationship is crucial, and how trust must be the foundation of our
In this pericope, there is a drought in the land and God instructs His
servant Elijah to go to a foreign town, where foreign people are.
These people are not just strangers but they also worship idols and
are kinsmen with his enemy Jezebel. Now, Elijah is a holy man … not
a warrior fighter … not a great King or Judge … just a Messenger of
God. The bible doesn’t tell us that he trained to do combat. In the
midrash of my mind, pastor calls it the Holy Ghost imagination, he is
a peaceful man that only pops off when God needs to lay down the
law. In my mind, he simply is not a brute wanting or inviting smoke.
So … to travel to this foreign land was not just uncomfortable but
could have been dangerous. Still, out of obedience, Elijah goes and
he goes because God tells him that He has made provisions. (1 King
17: 9) Just as God had a raven take care of him in the wild a few
scriptures back, God secures his life through another operative
instrument: The Widow.
Through the work of The Holy Spirit, the believer (as represented by
Elijah) came into a space with no control over anything but just the
audacious promise of God that he/she would not forsaken. He spoke
to this woman (who was in her own brokenness and space of need)
what probably seemed to be ridiculous: trust me a stranger and feed
me with your lack. And something inside of her, an urging, opened
her heart to this man and she did as he asked. We know what that
was. It was the same urging the turned Pharaoh’s heart soft towards
Moses. God comes in and does what God does, touching the
outside to bless people in His fold. Without our knowing and without
any obvious and grand gesture, God moves strangers into
community and gives sanctuary to those believers — especially in
spaces of crisis.
We see God working this way and here is the life application and
* Elijah trusted God to provide all of his needs, even when it