“So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her son continued to eat from her supply of flour and oil for many days.” — 1 Kgs 17:15
That is, she took the handful of flour she had and the little oil, and made a cake for her hungry guest first, and then for herself and her son. Then she found that there was as much meal and oil left–as she had before.
There are several things to commend in this woman. One is her faith. She believed what was told her, and acted on it. It is when we do God’s commandments, that he blesses us. His promises are conditional, depending upon the fulfillment of our part. Had this woman not believed and obeyed, the wonderful two or three years miracle in her house, would not have been wrought. The woman’s unselfish generosity must also be commended. She had enough only for a meal for herself and son–but she fed the stranger first. Had she prepared a meal for herself and son, and left the hungry prophet unfed, there would have been no miracle of increase. We must be ready to share our little with others who need, if we would have the blessing on ourselves.