Laurie shared an interesting insight this morning from the life of the prophet Elijah. The Lord told him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”

Elijah goes to the city, finds the widow and asks her to bring him some water, which she does. He then asks her to bring “a morsel of bread.” She responds by saying, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.”

The Lord had already commanded this widow to provide food for Elijah. She was expecting him.

However, after processing this information from God, she began to make some conclusions. Apparently the conclusion she made was that, after feeding herself, her son and the prophet, they were going to die.

She thought too much.

This is the human pitfall of communications—including prophecies—from the Lord. We hear what He says, and then we begin to think it over. We often add to what the Lord has said. I don’t consider myself a prophet, but there have been a few times when the Lord has said things through me. There is a temptation to go beyond what He has said. It’s sometimes difficult because the Spirit of the Lord is often strong upon us at those times. Nevertheless, I’ve found that it’s best to say only what one hears—even if it’s only a word or a sentence or two—and then sit down and be quiet.