2 Kings 3:1-4:17 / Acts 14:8-28 / Psalm 140:1-13 / Proverbs 17:22
Standout Verse: 2 Kings 4:1-7
The story of Elisha, the widow, and the jar of oil
This is an amazing story of God’s faithful, unfailing provision. This woman found herself in extremely difficult circumstances brought on by the death of her husband. The threat of having her children taken from her loomed large due to her terrible financial situation and lack of assets. The only thing she had left was a small jar of oil.
Elisha’s first question to her was “what DO you have?” He knew that God wasn’t a mean, un-caring God who had abandoned this desperate woman. He knew that God wanted to show Himself powerful in this woman’s life in a way that only He could do. As she stepped out in faith and obeyed the word of the Lord delivered through Elisha, God multiplied the little jar of oil in a massive way. In the end, the woman and her sons found themselves with an abundance of oil – enough to pay off all their debts and live on for a long time to come.
This story is so fun! When we find ourselves in times of desperation, when our resources are at an all time low, we need to train ourselves to default to thinking on God’s TRUTH instead of falling for the lies the enemy wants to use to breed hopelessness and discouragment causing us to think God doesn’t care about us or our circumstances.
GOD’S TRUTH is this:
1. HE IS GOOD
2. HE HAS A PLAN FOR US
3. HE CARES ABOUT US DEEPLY
4. HE WILL WALK WITH US THROUGH EVERY SITUATION EVERY STEP OF THE WAY (He will NEVER leave us or forsake us)!
5. HE WILL GIVE US GREAT STRATEGIES IF WE WILL PUT OUR TRUST IN HIM AND BE EXPECTANT FOR THE THINGS HE WANTS TO SHOW US AND THE WAYS HE WANTS TO GROW US!
6. HIS WAYS AND THOUGHTS ARE HIGHER THAN OURS. Sometimes our human minds can’t figure out what He is doing exactly, but we can rest confidently knowing that what He is doing behind the scenes is ALWAYS in order to grow our faith in Him by way of showing us His loving, miraculous, creative power!
The FIRST thing we should ask ourselves when we are in a situation where are resources are super low is this, “OKAY, WHAT DO I HAVE?” This requires us to stop looking around, lamenting over all the things we DON’T have and fix our minds on what we DO have (i.e. what God HAS provided). As we do this, God gets excited and says, “Alright, now we can get this party started!”
As we look to Him EXPECTANTLY for His strategies and say to Him, “What do You want to do Lord…I’m excited to see what You have planned for this situation”, HE WILL SHOW US THINGS, GIVE US GREAT IDEAS WE COULD NEVER HAVE THOUGHT OF ON OUR OWN, and BLOW OUR MINDS AS HE TAKES SOMETHING SMALL and/or INSIGNIFICANT AND MAKES IT GROW AND MULTIPLY FOR OUR BENEFIT AND FOR HIS GLORY! FUN STUFF!!!