Great Plains Daily Devotional for 1/31/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Clatonia Salem UMC
Pickrell UMC
Wilber UMC
Blue River District
DeWitt UMC
Plymouth Peace UMC
Swanton UMC
Blue River District
Crete Grace UMC
Blue River District
Burr UMC
Douglas UMC-NE
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

1 Kings 17:8-16

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.” As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.” She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

Today's Devotional

In today's Old Testament reading, the prophet Elijah comes upon a widow who is struggling to survive with her son amid drought and famine. 

Elijah encourages her not to fear and then gives a bold direction: Use what meager resources she has to make him first some cake and then prepare some for herself and her child. And she does it!

The widow shows tremendous faith by putting the prophet first before her family.

Please go to our Facebook page and share a time when you had to step out on faith, or share a time when you chose to put others ahead of yourself.

We look forward to seeing how others have trusted God and served others!


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