By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“Faith is not believing just anything; it is believing God.” – E.M. Bounds
A woman came to the prophet Elisha with a broken heart and a big problem. Her husband was recently deceased. She was left trying to raise her two sons on her own. She was also deep into debt. She owed money to unsavory characters who threatened to take her children as slaves in order to get back what they were due.
All she had in her house was a flask of oil.
What do you have left?
Maybe you feel broken and dejected. Maybe you feel stepped on and down in the dumps. What do you have left to give to God? What is the one thing that you can hand over to God and say “God use this”?
Elisha told the woman to go and borrow as many empty jars as she could from her friends and neighbors. He told her to go into her home and begin filling the jars with her flask of oil.
Seems like a wild goose chase.
But she had faith.
She began pouring. And pouring. And pouring. And jar after jar after jar began to be filled. Finally, every jar that the small family was able to borrow from people throughout the town was filled with oil. Containers of all shapes and sizes were scattered about their tiny cottage all filled to the brim.
Filled with joy and excitement the widow told Elisha what God had done. He responded, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”
Because the woman had faith in a God who was bigger than her situation, bigger, than her sorrow, and bigger than her debts, God worked in a powerful and miraculous way.
“God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34).
If God can do it for the widow with a lot of debt and little possessions He can do it for you.
Offer up what little you have to God. Allow Him to use it to do a miracle in your situation.
Dive head-first into what seems like a wild goose chase with faith that God will provide.
Have faith in a God who is bigger.
Parents: Read this story from 2nd Kings chapter 4 to your children. Ask them what they think. Tell them about the woman’s faith. Explain to them that God is bigger than our situation and we need to have faith that He will provide.