The Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the soul of the child came into him again, and he was revived. Elijah took the child and brought him down out of the chamber into the house and returned him to his mother, and Elijah said, “See, your son lives!”
The woman said to Elijah, “Now, because of this, I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth!” I Kings 17:22-24
There is a Bible story related in I Kings 17:7-24 about a widow and her son. A story of miracles.
In the story, the prophet Elijah ends up working a miracle for a widow and her son who are starving to death due to drought and subsequent famine. The miracle involved having the widow gather all the jars she could from friends and neighbors, and when she began to pour oil from one main vessel, the oil kept coming until it filled up all the jars she had borrowed. Her barrel of flour also did not run empty, even after repeated use.
She and her son were saved from starvation.
Later, her son ended up getting sick and dying. She accused Elijah of having come back to her to punish her for her sins by allowing her son to die. Elijah then prayed, laid hands on her son, and the son actually recovered from what appeared to be death. He was raised back to life! It was at that point that the widow said, “Now, because of this, I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth!” (I Kings 17:24)
That story always struck me as illustrative of human nature. The woman just days earlier had seen a massive miracle that had saved herself and her son from starvation. Yet, it was not until her son was raised from death that she could utter the above phrase, essentially saying “NOW I know that you are the real deal!”
I recognize that I am not a biblical scholar, and my perception of this situation may be inadequate. I also recognize that, as a parent, anything that saves our kids is incredibly impactful to us. I think, though, that this is a great illustration of how we “forget” about miracles God has done in our life. You know the concept – “What have you done for me lately?”
I am not blaming the widow for her reactions. I do the same thing. I see God’s hand at work in an amazing way, then when another problem comes up later, I wonder where he has been!
So, let’s just remember that we can, at times, feel somehow entitled to those miracles of God. Yes, we still want them, need them even, but we need to have a memory of his past grace toward us.
Prayer: Lord, keep us mindful of everyday miracles, Amen