December 29, 2020
A man from the group of prophets had a wife. This man died, and his wife cried out to Elisha, “My husband was like a servant to you. Now he is dead! You know he honored the Lord. But he owed money to a man. Now that man is coming to take my two boys and make them his slaves!” Elisha answered, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” The woman said, “I don’t have anything in the house except a jar of olive oil.” Then Elisha said, “Go and borrow bowls from all your neighbors. They must be empty. Borrow plenty of bowls. Then go to your house and close the doors. Only you and your sons will be in the house. Then pour the oil into all the bowls. Fill them, and put them in a separate place.” So the woman left Elisha, went into her house, and shut the door. Only she and her sons were in the house. Her sons brought the bowls to her and she poured oil. She filled many bowls. Finally, she said to her son, “Bring me another bowl.” But all the bowls were full. One of the sons said to her, “There aren’t any more bowls.” Then the oil in the jar was finished! When she told the man of God what had happened, Elisha said to her, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt. You and your sons can live on the money that is left.”
(2 Kings 4:1-7 ERV)
This is one of the coolest stories ever. I think more often than not, we tend to respond much like this widow. We know God is with us in Spirit, but when we need Him the most, we question, will He really come through for us. We let our overwhelming situations dictate to us a lack rather than our overflow. Faith will always reveal our abundance of supply and resources through God, but fear will always tell us there is not enough. When the prophet Elisha asked what the widow had in her possession, she quickly said, “I don’t have anything in the house except a jar of olive oil.” You ever find yourself responding like this when your back is up against the wall?
How am I supposed to pay my rent? I only have half of what I need!
How can I buy groceries when all I have…..
How can I start a business when all I have… How can I get this job when all I have is…. the list goes on and on. More times than not, we see our lack rather than His favor, which is our abundance. You see, the prophet Elisha knew that a little was a lot in the hands of God. We see a similar situation in the New Testament when Jesus fed the multitude with only five loaves of bread and two fish. (Matthew 14:13-21) His disciples thought he was crazy, even after knowing who He was and seeing what He could do. All they saw was their lack, but Jesus saw their plenty. It only had to be offered up to God in faith.
The psalmist David said this about his continued supply in God – You prepared a meal for me in front of my enemies. You welcomed me as an honored guest. My cup is full and spilling over.
(Psalm 23:5 ERV)
Your cup is running over with the blessing and favor of God. He is an endless supply of wealth. What you have in your possession is more than enough in His hands. Learning to tap into the wealth that is on the inside of us is key to everything. God is with us and for us. We only have to believe.
I am convinced that my God will fully satisfy every need you have, for I have seen the abundant riches of glory revealed to me through the Anointed One, Jesus Christ!
(Philippians 4:19 TPT)