The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house? Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”2 Kings 4:1-7
As I sat quietly before The Lord this morning I asked Him to show me where to read. Immediately I heard 2 Kings 4, I read and stopped at verses 1-7. When the desperate widow asks for help, the prophet Elisha immediately asks her, “What do you have in your house”. She tells him that all she has is a small jar of oil. I don’t think that she expected that the answer to her need was something that she already possessed, at least in part. It doesn’t seem like she thought that she had anything of much value. At least the amount she possessed wasn’t enough.
But she had a desperate and obedient heart. As she did what Elisha told her to do, God provided a miracle through the generosity of her neighbors and the woman’s faithful obedience. He also provided her immediate need to pay her debts and keep her sons with from being sold into slavery. Not only that, but God supplied more than she needed; it was enough for them to continue living on as well!
As I cry out to God in the desperate areas of my heart, I’m now asking Him what is it that I already possess, at least in part, that I may not see as valuable, or enough, that He is able to use through my obedience to His leading. Lord it’s only by the increase of Your Holy Spirit that You can take the “oil” that I already possess and multiply it to meet the desires of my heart. Thank You Lord for renewal and a fresh infilling of Your loving presence.
Walking in Faith,
(Children’s Ministry Assistant)