1 Kings 17:9 “Arise get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.”

A widow in Israel is usually considered to be helpless. This is one of the most demeaning situation someone can be in. This woman lost her husband which in Israel means her cover. Her defense and of course her support.

The word widow as used here means “desolate place”, “discarded”, “forsaken”, “tongue-tied” and “forced to be silent”. Those are very interesting words.

When you consider those interpretations critically, it shows that it is not just about a woman losing her husband, it depicts the situation of many people.

To be widowed as used here refers to someone who is in a desolate or deserted place. It means someone whom others have discarded, abandoned and forsaken. It also refers to someone who has lost his or her voice. A man or woman who has been tongue-tied or forced to be silent.

There are situations in life that can force a man into perpetual silence while still alive. Situations that makes a man feel forsaken and abandoned. This is definitely a very precarious situation.

The condition of this woman was very bad and pathetic. All hope might seems lost for you and your situation but I have news for you, there is One who is called the Help of the helpless. His name is God Almighty. As a matter of fact He loves to help so much that He is called Help! The name Eliezer means my God is help.

Exodus 18:4 “And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:”

Beloved, I am glad to introduce you to Him. Men may forsake and give up on you, but He never will. Can you imagine Him raising a prophet to go help a poor widow?

He never fails nor abandon His own. He is ever true to His promises. Guess what? All you need do is call and He will show up, He is forever mindful of us! He has His mind full of us!

Love you BiG

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