1 Kings 17:7-16
After a while, the Cherith, where Elijah was living, began to dry up in the drought. So God told him to go to the city of Zarephath in the country of Sidon. God said there was a widow there who would care for Elijah. So Elijah went to Zarephath and saw a widow gathering sticks. He asked her to bring him some water. When she did, he asked her to bring him some bread. The widow replied that she was almost out of flour and oil to make bread. That was why she was gathering sticks; to cook the last of her supplies for her and her son and then they would starve.
Now we see the first miracle God did through Elijah. He told the woman that if she would share her supplies with him that they would not run out during the drought. Now she had a choice to make. Share the tiny bit she had and trust that God would provide. Or feed her family what she knew she was guaranteed to have. It is very tempting to not share when we barely have enough ourselves. No one would blame her for putting her family over this stranger. But God blesses us when we are willing to give. The widow chose to share with Elijah and the three of them had bread throughout the drought.
The Bible tells us to give a portion of everything we have back to God, even when it doesn’t seem like enough to start with. The thing we have to remember is God can do anything, we just need to trust and obey His word. He will never let us down!
Discuss tithing with your child. If they receive an allowance help them figure out how much they should be giving to God. Then follow through and have them give it.