2 Kings 4:1-7 One day the wife of one of the seminary students came to Elisha to tell him of her husband’s death. He was a man who had loved God, she said. But he had owed some money when he died, and now the creditor was demanding it back. If she didn’t pay, he said he would take her two sons as his slaves.
“What shall I do?” Elisha asked. “How much food do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a jar of olive oil,” she replied.
“Then borrow many pots and pans from your friends and neighbors!” he instructed.
“Go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Then pour olive oil from your jar into the pots and pans, setting them aside as they are filled!”
So she did. Her sons brought the pots and pans to her, and she filled one after another!
Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to her sons. “There aren’t any more!” they told her. And then the oil stopped flowing!
When she told the prophet what had happened, he said to her, “Go and sell the oil and pay your debt, and there will be enough money left for you and your sons to live on!”
WE ALL HAVE ISSUES WE ARE FACING
The lady in the above passage had problems. She was prematurely widowed. Her husband (who was a Godly man) had excessive debts. The debts were great enough that her sons would become life-long slaves just to service the debt. She had no provision. She was desperate.
Sometimes we have things in our lives that we think will make it impossible for God to be real to us. Perhaps we have a weakness or a sin. Perhaps we have been through some tough or difficult situation – divorce, tragedy, death, bankruptcy or heartache. Don’t let your problems or weaknesses get in the way of what God has for you!
Our lives are often like this. God can use the challenges we face as an opportunity for a miracle.
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