I have always been lover of books, a book worm. I still am an avid reader. At the start of our ministry, we put aside money weekly to buy books and magazines that would help us minister better or understand the Bible better. Harry Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Now I have a Kindle ebook reader loaded with hundreds of books, though I’m traditional enough to love and prefer the feel of a physical book.
However, recently I downloaded an ebook with the title “Give the first cake to Elijah” by Jo Upton (you can get the Kindle version for just 99 cents — well worth a read. I will not make this a spoiler, so enjoy the book!). It is the story of a housewife and mother who wanted to earn money to give to various ministries. I enjoyed reading about the author’s journey and her testimony to the faithfulness of God.
It was the title that aroused my interest, obviously inspired by the record of Elijah meeting the widow of Zarephath (I Kings 17:8-16). When Elijah asked her for some food in the midst of a famine, she replied, “As the Lord your God lives, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a jar: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as you have said: but make me a little cake first, and bring it to me, and after make for yourself and for your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth” (verses 12-14). Read More