Make Me a Little Cake First
During the ministry of the prophet Elijah, the word of the Lord came to him at a dried-up brook called Cherith, saying, “Arise, get thee to Zarephath…and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee” (1 Kings 17:9). When he arrived at the gate of the city, he saw a woman who was gathering sticks. Thirsty, Elijah called out to her, “Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink” (verse 10).
As she went to draw some water, the prophet also requested, “Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand” (verse 11). The woman’s predicament was desperate. She said to Elijah, “As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die” (1 Kings 17:12).
Elijah told her not to worry, “Go ahead and do what you have planned, but make me a little cake first—then some for you and your son.” She replied, “You don’t understand. I do not have enough for all of us.”
Elijah continued, “For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth” (verse 14). Whether she believed this or not, the prophet was persistent, and I can see her picking up those sticks to light a fire and bake a little nourishment for him.
The Bible records, “She went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days” (verse 15). One version translates it “for a whole year.” What was supposed to be “one breakfast and then we are going to die” resulted in twelve months of food! Are you willing to sacrifice your last seed?
If so, God will qualify you for an outpouring of abundance. Scripture declares, “Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion” (Ecclesiastes 5:18). Almighty God has ordained to give you all you need in life—food, clothing, a roof over your head, and enough money to sustain you and your family.
But more than this, “Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God” (verse 19). The mountain you face may seem higher than you could ever climb. And, like a vise, the pressures of life may be squeezing you from all sides.
Regardless of your situation, when God says it is time to plant, follow His leading—even if it is the last seed you possess. On the authority of God’s Word and from personal experience, I can assure you there is a miracle ahead. Yes, you can sow your way out of a crisis.