“So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her son continued to eat from her supply of flour and oil for many days.”
~ 1 Kgs 17:15
Had not the prophet come to the widow’s door, she and her household would probably have perished in the famine. Or had the woman refused the prophet’s request, saying, “I cannot spare anything for a stranger; charity begins at home, and I must look first after my own,” she and her son would have starved before the rain fell. The meal wasted not, because she shared it with another.
The lesson is plain. There is a withholding that tends to poverty; there is a giving that enriches. The way to make sure of spiritual blessing is–to seek to be a blessing. If your love is growing cold, help someone, and it will become warm again. We cannot afford to shut our doors in the face of those whom God sends to us for sympathy and for the ministries of love. Such serving brings to us blessings which we must not miss.