As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
Can the poorest of the poor be heroes? Even those with names unidentified? Even those with no remarkable gifts? Even those born and living as pagans? Even those who are preparing to die with hardly a soul on earth to miss them?
Yes, those like the widow of Zarephath, who exemplify hospitality in the most challenging circumstances.
'Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it' (Hebrews 13:2, NASB). Was Elijah, the prophet, an angel? In representing God and His power, he seemed like an angel to the widow. As she chose to share in her paucity, God chose to share in His prosperity.
She is highlighted in the Book of Kings and immortalized in the Book of Luke. What are two lessons this widow teaches?
1) Obscurity among men means nothing if we are highly regarded by God.
2) Self-sacrificing hospitality sets us up for holy commendation.**
To Be Continued...
* Reference article: The Widow of Zarephath: https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/all-women-bible/Widow-Zarephath
** 'The righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' ' (Matthew 25:37-40, NKJV).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.