November 4, 2015

Just a Jar of Oil


Your car broke down this week.

The heavy rain caused a leak and now the roof needs repaired.

That toothache that won’t go away means you have been putting off dental work because it costs too much.

And you didn’t get a raise this year (or last) so where is the extra money going to come from? 

In 2 Kings 4 creditors were threatening to take a widow’s two sons for slaves if she didn’t pay her debt. The prophet Elisha asks her what does she have and she reports she has nothing in the house but just a jar of oil.  

As the story continues, Elisha told her to borrow empty vessels from her neighbors, lots of them, and she collects the vessels and fills them all with oil from her one jar. She sells the oil and the payoff is enough to take care of her debt, securing her sons’ freedom and giving her enough left over for her and her sons to live off the rest. God definitely intervened with a miracle of multiplication in this story as He turned her one jar of oil into enough to fill numerous empty vessels.

This great story from the Old Testament is one of many that teach us to trust our God to provide. It teaches us to believe He will meet our need. God’s provision for this widow rose far above and beyond her immediate need to pay a debt to prevent her sons from being made slaves.

If God can use just a jar of oil to pay off the widow’s debt and also provide remaining funds for her family, then we should be encouraged that He is capable of multiplying what we have or providing what we need in ways we have not thought possible. He is still in the business of meeting our needs above and beyond all we can comprehend and in ways we could not have imagined. 

Philippians 4:19   
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

Ephesians 3:20-21 
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, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.