A LITTLE OIL
“One day the wife of a man from the guild of prophets called out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead. You well know what a good man he was, devoted to God. And now the man to whom he was in debt is on his way to collect by taking my two children as slaves.” 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.” “Here’s what you do,” said Elisha. “Go up and down the street and borrow jugs and bowls from all your neighbors. And not just a few—all you can get. Then come home and lock the door behind you, you and your sons. Pour oil into each container; when each is full, set it aside.” She did what he said. She locked the door behind her and her sons; as they brought the containers to her, she filled them. When all the jugs and bowls were full, she said to one of her sons, “Another jug, please.” He said, “That’s it. There are no more jugs.” Then the oil stopped. She went and told the story to the man of God. He said, “Go sell the oil and make good on your debts. Live, both you and your sons, on what’s left.” - 2 Kings 4:1-7 MSG
Do you only have a little oil in your jar?
God is ready and willing to do a miracle in your life! When you think about this story, not just as a story but a real life account, you begin to marvel at a few things. The first is her obedience! Let me tell you that if my family’s life was plunged into poverty, I would NOT be wasting my last drop of oil on some prophet’s crazy idea! Yet she was obedient to everything that Elisha instructed her to do. Even though it seemed ridiculous!
I’m beginning to realize that God often asks us to co-labor with Him in our miracle. He often asks us to take a step of faith in a particular direction while promising that He will do the rest! This little step of obedience, OUR little step of faith, actually activates the miracle and sets it into motion.
Notice that the oil flowed for as long as she had empty vessels to receive it. I just wonder if she continued to gather jugs if the oil would have continued? If there are more vessels, there is enough in God to fill them! It’s often our faith that fails, not His promise. I wonder if the restriction is often more in ourselves at times and not God. He is full of power and grace and is so pleased when we live a life of faith.
He only asks us for what we have in our hands. Will you give Him what you have and allow Him to do the rest? Will you be obedient and step out in faith and not try and control the outcome? Just watch what He will do!
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