A widow comes to Elisha in 2 Kings 4 and tells him that her husband who served as a prophet with him is dead. Now a creditor was threatening to take her two sons as slaves. (Good thing people can’t do that anymore if you’re not paying all of your bills!)
Elisha asks her what she has in her house.
What does she already have that she can use to help her get out of this situation?
I hear this message over and over in the Bible. What do we already have that he can use to bless us?
All the widow has is a flask of olive oil. So Elisha asks her to borrow as many empty jars as as she can. Then she was supposed to pour her oil into the jars…. and just keep pouring. When she did what she was told, the widow totally filled up all of the jars. Now she had enough to sell to pay off her creditor with extra to live on!
God used what she had to take care of her situation and then he gave her extra.
I wonder how many times God wants to help us deal with our situation by using something we already have and then he is ready to kick in extra when we are obedient.
Has this ever happened to you?