1 Kings 17:13-16 13 Then Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid; go and do as you have said. But first make me a small loaf from it and bring it out to me. Afterward, you may make some for yourself and your son, 14 for this is what the LORD God of Israel says, ‘The flour jar will not become empty and the oil jug will not run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the surface of the land.” 15 So she proceeded to do according to the word of Elijah. Then the woman, Elijah, and her household ate for many days. 16 The flour jar did not become empty, and the oil jug did not run dry, according to the word of the LORD He had spoken through Elijah.
Do you ever feel like you are running on empty? When you do, your energy is depleted, you can’t think straight, and you just want to take a good long nap. Worry sets in, too. The other day I got in the car to drive to my office and the fuel light was on. Instantly there was this little anxiety that hit, “I wonder if I will run out of gas on my way?” Running on empty is no fun. No one likes to have the fuel light on, walk around with sleep deprivation, or open empty cupboards. But the lady in our scripture today had some seriously empty cupboards. She was running on empty.
For many of us, we run on empty spiritually too. We go about our days, our weeks, and our lives trying to get by. We feel like we’ve lost our passion for the Lord and that we have nothing to give. We haven’t taken the time to get filled up by Him and so we live a depleted, powerless life. That’s when anxiety, worry, and fear set in. We aren’t connected to our Savior and everything seems insurmountable. The only solution is to lean into His arms and His ways.
Verse 15 says that “she proceeded to do according to the word of Elijah.” She had so little and yet she followed the instructions from the Lord. She used the very little she had to walk according to his commands. And do you know what happened? He replenished her. She gave all she had and He provided more. You see, if we would just walk according to the word of the Lord in our lives we, too, would find that our jars will never be empty or dry. As we lean into His Word, He will refill us, sustain us, and overflow us. Make the choice today to walk according to His Word and you won’t have to run on empty any more.