My Facebook friend Dennis Graham posted the following story from someone who is in direct contact with Christians in Ukraine. God is working miracles there! It was exciting for me to read. He gave me permission to share it.
“I have a friend who has been living in the basement for more than 2 weeks. She says there were only 2 liters of water and 2 packs of cookies, 7 people in the basement. She says water and cookies do not end, everyone eats and drinks as much as they want. She says it was her dream to see God's miracles with her own eyes…She says Angels sang with them there in the basement. She says there is no heating, but it is warm there. As she said, I cried tears of joy for the first time in the war. We are God's children, and He will never leave us, never forget us…let this testimony strengthen everyone's faith. We, as children, must trust in the hands of our Father. Indescribable feelings when God's miracles happen before our eyes.”
Isn’t that amazing?!! God is so good!
I immediately thought of stories from the Bible where God feeds people. There is the story of Elisha feeding 100 men with only 20 loaves of bread.
“Then a man came from Baal Shalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley bread, and newly ripened grain in his knapsack. And he said, “Give it to the people, that they may eat.” But his servant said, “What? Shall I set this before one hundred men?” He said again, “Give it to the people, that they may eat; for thus says the Lord: ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’ ” So he set it before them; and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.” 2 Kings 4:42-44 NKJV
They shall eat and have some left over!
Then there is the story of the woman whose husband had died.
She could not pay her bills and the creditor was coming to take her two sons to be his slaves. She cried out to Elisha and he asked her “…what shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.” 2 Kings 4:2-7 NKJV
God helped her pay off her debt through the miracle of oil.
But my favorite story is of Elijah and the widow at Zarephath and her son. This is one of the stories I learned as a very young child, and it has stuck with me all of my life. When I hear of stories, such as the story coming out of the Ukraine, I think of this widow.
Elijah had been hiding out. King Ahab had married Jezebel and had begun to serve and worship Baal. He had set up an altar for Baal and 1 Kings 16:30 tells us “Ahab…did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him” 1 Kings 16:33 tells us that “Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to arouse the anger of the LORD, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him.”
Because of this wickedness and idol worship, God sent a drought. “Now Elijah…said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” 1 Kings 17:1 NIV
King Ahab became very angry. It was at this time that God told Elijah to run and hide. God instructed him to hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of Jordan. “You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.” 1 Kings 17:5-6 NIV
Another example of God providing food. Ravens bringing bread AND meat, twice a day!
Eventually, because of the drought, the brook dried up and the Lord gave him more instruction. This is where it gets good 😊
“…Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” So she said, “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.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ ” So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.” 1 Kings 17:8-16 NKJV
The flour and the oil did not run out. Just like the water and the cookies in that basement in Ukraine.
Our God is mighty and powerful. There is nothing our God cannot do.
“The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save…” Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV
The God who fed the thousands of people with Jesus, on two occasions, is the same God that helped Elisha feed those 100 men.
The God who filled the vessels with oil so the widow could pay off her debt is the same God that caused Ravens to bring bread and meat to Elijah.
The God that kept the flour and oil containers full for the widow in Zarephath is the same God that is keeping that basement in the Ukraine warm. Our God IS love! He cares for us with a deep and abiding love.
“Our God is the God of salvation…” Psalm 68:20 NKJV