Daily Devotional



25th May 2023

Scripture Reading: 1 KINGS 17: 1-16


“So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” (1 Kings 17: 10)

In our Focal Scripture, as soon as Elijah saw the widow of Zarephath that had been commanded by God to feed him, he demanded that she bring him water in a vessel. Elijah saw the person who had been commanded to help him; he saw the opportunity that heaven had tailor made for him, and he made a demand. He didn’t wait for any special preambles before making a demand. Elijah simply seized the moment.

Friend, when God brings you face to face with the opportunities He ordained for you, dare to seize the moment. When God brings you to the men He positioned to help you, seize the moment. When God brings you to that location where your impact is needed, seize the moment, speak up, do what you have to do, and demand for what you ought to demand from your environment. Don’t meet your opportunity and go casual around it.

Elijah knew exactly why God commanded that widow of Zarephath to be of help to him; and when he met her, he didn’t beat about the bush; he went straight for what God commanded her to do for him. He didn’t beg his opportunity; he commanded his opportunity to be loyal and productive towards him. Don’t meet your opportunity and beat about the bush. Command your opportunity to supply what you need speedily.

The woman of Zarephath had the capacity to deliver help and support to Elijah, but Elijah needed to first demand for it. He made a demand before his opportunity supplied what he demanded for. You may be around the best of opportunities, but until you seize the moment and make the right demands, what you need may not show up at all. Until you seize the moment and call forth what you need, it may never become reality.

Don’t be counted amongst them that are too unwilling to seize the moments that God has made available to them. Rise to the occasion; do what the occasion demands of you; seize the moment; make the right demands.


As I meet my opportunities, I seize the moment; I make the right demands, in Jesus’ name!

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“And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.” (1 Samuel 10: 7)

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