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Simple Substances, Life Saving Results

There are two passages I’ve been reading in the Bible that mention flour. Flour, really? I’m intrigued!

In 2 Kings 4:38-41, Elisha stirs up wild gourd stew to feed the prophets during a famine. But the gourds were poisonous and the men wouldn’t eat it. Elijah simply added flour to the pot and the stew became edible.

In 1 Kings 17:14-16, the Elijah was told by God to go to Zarephath and a widow there would feed him. But the widow was reluctant to feed Elijah. She only had a handful of flour and a little cooking oil left to feed herself and her son one more meal before they died of starvation. But Elijah instructed her to feed him first and then she and her son would have enough to eat from that point forward. And so it was!

As I write, I am thinking of other accounts in the Bible where bread was used to feed 5 thousand, to save Abigail and Nabal from the wrath of King David, and for Elijah to feed 100 men with only 20 loaves.  Can you think of others?

These miraculous encounters with flour have been a delight to my soul. Why? It’s the simplicity of the flour. There was no extravagant recipe and ritual involved in either reading. Just a handful of flour and people were sustained, saved.

I suppose God knew how complex our plans for survival would be. So, He used the simplest ingredient to show His magnificent power and love for you and me. Just a few more ingredients and it would somehow become scientifically explainable.

Can you believe God uses things in your life as simple as flour? Do you believe He is involved with the details of your days and nights?

At times, I forget how simple life with Him, in Him, is to be.  I am really thankful for this reminder. He simply sustains me.

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.

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  1. Beautiful, Jennifer. You’re such a wonderful writer. I also love the photo of the flour, although it does make me hungry for bread. 🙂