“Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.” – 2 Kings 4:1
We all love a good miracle story. Especially when tragedy strikes we like to see the light at the end of the tunnel. There are many miraculous stories in the Bible; however, this one was really an eye opener for me. I believe God brought me to it for a reason to teach me something specifically; however, I’m also going to share it in the hopes that you will gain some inspiration/wisdom from it.
I’ve lived through some pretty desperate times, and during some of those times I’ve had loads of faith. Other times not so much. In some cases I’ve been blessed with quick effortless miracles and other times I’ve had to wait on them. Sometimes I’ve taken things into my own hands and made things worse. But in any case, I’ve learned that God really does work everything together for the good; good and bad. (Romans 8:28)
God can give us direction, but unless we follow his instructions, we can end up in some pretty big messes. Regardless of where you find yourself today, there’s nothing to big for God to work out. But, we can always gain wisdom from our mistakes and be victorious moving forward.
The widow in this story was without a husband any longer, and creditors were about to come after her, and take her sons as slaves. She had nothing, “so she thought,” and was without a solution, so she cried out for help. God promises to be a husband to the husband-less, and a father to the fatherless. A husband/father generally provides for his family, so that is exactly what God set out to do in this story. God’s messenger found this desperate widow, and instructed her on what to do.
God didn’t just give her the miracle here; He requested she act in faith. She really did have very little; but, regardless of the circumstances that surrounded her, God pointed out something very important. He instructs us to use what we have first, do what we can first, and He will do the rest.
While she was filling the vats with oil, the miracle was already happening. Actually the miracle began when she cried out to God. When she took the first step of faith to find the vessels she needed to fill, knowing she had little to fill them with. When we ask God in prayer for something, we are acting out of faith. But when we act in faith, that’s when we really see God in action. God already had the answer, He was simply looking for her to take a step of faith. He was multiplying what she already had until she had enough to pay her debts. We just have to surrender to Him even the little things, and he can turn them into big things. Without even realizing it, she not only had money to pay her debts, but extra to live from.
“And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.” – 2 Kings 4:6-7
God can turn any mess into a miracle. He can make a way where there seems to be no way. If you are in distress over a situation today, pray and ask God to show you the answer. Sometimes it’s right in front of you, you just need to act on it. Or sometimes you simply need to wait on the Lord, whatever that might be, prayer is always the best answer for any situation. Usually fear causes us to hold back, or to act in the wrong ways, and make wrong decisions.
Moses was scared to meet Pharaoh; to tell him to let God’s people go. Instead of erasing the fear directly, God said, “What’s in your hand?” Jesus fed five thousand people, from a simple lunch that was fit for a child. If we give even the smallest amount to God, in Faith, He will multiply it back to us and use it for good. It required faith for this widow to go around asking for jars. Sometimes it’s a matter of asking for help, when our pride tells us to stay quiet for fear of what other’s might think.
If this is you , God has a plan to get you back on track. Simply trust in His hand to guide you, and before you know it, you’ve already gained victory.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31