Posted by: peebles | November 17, 2010

2 Kings 4:5 to 7 (NIV) ~ She left him and afterward shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

2 Kings 4:5 to 7 (NIV) ~ She left him and afterward shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

 

This woman revered the Lord, her husband was from the company of prophets, but now her husband was dead, and she was left with no income. The creditors were coming to take her two sons away as slaves, which would leave her in poverty.

In her hour of need, she does not sit down and cry about things, while burying her head in the sand. Rather, she goes to the man of God and seeks Godly counsel. Elisha asks the woman, “What do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all, except a little oil,” she replied. Elisha said to her, “Go round and ask all your neighbours for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour the oil into all the jars, and as each is filled put it to one side.”

When she gathered all the empty jars that she could from her neighbours, she shut the door behind her, with her two sons inside. She closed the door to unbelief; she shut the door on injustice. She shut the door on poverty and surrounded herself with faith, justice and God’s blessing of His bounty. She closed the door to the world’s way of thinking and entered into God’s realm of faith.

With all the empty jars scattered all over the house, not a space was left. She took her little jar of oil in her hand, as her two sons looked on. For a split second, they stood in silence staring at each. With her heart now beating faster, and her hand shaking, she began to pour what little oil she had from a small horn flask into a very large water jar. With astonishment yet filled with joy, the mother and her two sons watched as the oil kept on pouring. Now filled with excitement and faith, they looked around to see where the next empty jar was to be filled. Again and again, they would watch the small flask of oil fill jar after jar. Until the mother said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not one jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

When the woman received the word of the Lord from Elisha, she planned for victory. She didn’t go home and gathered only a few jars, but she filled her house with them. She make plans to overcome, she made plans to be positive, even though in the natural she was about to lose so much. She filled her heart with faith; she stood tall and believed the promise of the Lord. Even though, she had received bad news, which would have floored any other woman, her husband had served in the company of prophets and he had taught her how to trust God. Also, she too revered the Lord. She now puts her total trust in God’s word and provision.

Notice also, when the last jar was filled she told the man of God, and he, in turn, told her, “Go and sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live off the rest.”

Trust, faith, accountability and blessings. When we bring God into our desperate situations, He gives us the best solution.

My friend, our God is our EL-SHADDAI, the God who is more than enough. When we have, in the natural, a small flask, God can use us to minister to every empty “spiritual jar”, and let us pour His unlimited healing and provision into every one of them. When we face difficult circumstances, we go to the Lord for His Godly counsel. We plan for victory and believe in faith on His promise, trusting wholly in His word. We close the door to unbelief and surround ourselves with the oil of the Holy Spirit, with His Presence in prayer, while putting our faith in His word into action. When we do so, we will see the salvation of our God, for He is mighty to save, plentiful in provision and bountiful in blessing.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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