2 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”
2 Kings 4:2 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
2 Kings 4:2 (MSG) ― 2 Elisha said, “I wonder how I can be of help. Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Nothing,” she said. “Well, I do have a little oil.”
2 Kings 4:2 (NLT) ― 2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.
Thoughts Of Devotion:
This morning the question is, what do you have in your house? This is the same question that the prophet Elisha asked to the widow. Her answer was nothing, just a pot of oil! In the eyes of the widow she did not have enough to eat, and on top of this she was impoverished and in debt. In 2 Kings 4: 1 it described to us the desperate situation of the widow, “A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”
What a huge dilemma this woman had, she was desperately in need of a miracle of provision. She went to the servant of God waiting for a solution to her financial crisis. The prophet’s answer was simple, what do you have at home? What do you have in your hands? Although it was only a jar of oil, something as minimal and without value, this was what God was going to use to make the miracle of provision! In 2 Kings 4: 3-4 we see the instructions of the Prophet, “he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”
The result of her obedience and faith was that with one jar of oil, many oil jars were filled miraculously! The oil multiplied so much that there was enough to sell it and pay all of her creditors and there was even enough for her and her children to live from it. Praise God for the provision of abundance! What seemed an impossible and very difficult situation, God used it to show his miraculous power. Thank God that whenever he enters the scene in our crisis or situation there is plenty of supply.
Through this story we see the fulfillment of Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” This is why there is no time today to hesitate or waver in our faith and trust. It is time to put everything we have in the Lord’s hands. The question is, what do you have at home? Maybe not much but if we give it to the Lord, we can be sure that he will do the miracle and multiply our provision.
Matthew 14:20 (NKJV) ― 20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.
1 Kings 17:16 (NKJV) ― 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of theLord which He spoke by Elijah.
2 Kings 3:16 (NKJV) ― 16 And he said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’
Psalm 81:10 (NKJV) ― 10 I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV) ― 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
Psalm 36:8 (NKJV) ― 8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
John 10:10 (NKJV) ― 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV) ― 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
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