A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “ There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest”(2 Kings 4:1-7 NKJV).
Papa’s faithfulness is unending and His provision is always available. Here we see the widow crying out to Elisha for help. She didn’t tell him what to do, she simply reminded him that her late husband was a servant of the Lord who feared Him. There was a debt owed she could not afford to pay, and she needed the Lord’s help. She didn’t tell Elisha how to do it, she didn’t tell him exactly what was needed either.
What Elisha told her to do took immense faith and not only that, he told her to do it with the door closed. Meaning, it was not something she was to advertise to her neighbors. He knew the Lord would provide more than enough to settle the debt and give her something to live on so she wouldn’t face the same situation again.
Many of us forget that Papa has unlimited resources. We often are looking for a fix for our current situation when Papa is looking ahead. Because of this, we can often miss the abundance and excess meant to propel us forward and keep us on the path He’s set before us.
Papa’s provision often stems from something we currently have. In this case, the widow only had a jar of oil. Papa took that single jar of oil and stretched it to meet more than her immediate need. If He did it for her, He will do it for us.
What need do you have right now? What do you have in your house? What resource is already in your possession that Papa will stretch to meet more than your immediate need?
He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask or think. Put your need before Him and be obedient in doing what He asks you to do with what you have, whether that is your time, your talent, or a jar of oil.
Our church is hosting a healing prayer service on Good Friday. I love these particular services, not only because I get to minister but because of the testimonies of God’s faithful, miracle working, and wondrous power we hear from those who attend.
As I’ve been praying this week I have distinctly heard Papa speak about two things.
1.) Resurrection. “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many” (Matthew 27:50-53 NKJV). When Jesus died, the dead were raised. As we reflect on what Jesus’ death on the cross bought for us, and pray for those who need healing, Papa is going to resurrect that which people thought were dead. Hopes, dreams, previous prophesies, their spirits, relationships, etc., are going to be resurrected and made vibrantly alive. We will not only hear testimonies of physical healing, but also of spiritual healing. I’m so excited about this!
2.) Revival. “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you” (Hosea 10:12 NKJV). We are in for an amazing resurrection weekend. We are on the cusp of something and Papa is continuously speaking. He doesn’t want any more spectators who just “do” church, He is looking for kingdom advancement “as” church. Spring is here in the natural, its fight with winter to relinquish its hold can often be nasty. Yet, spring always wins. New growth, new life and overall newness is a testament to what Papa is doing in the spirit. There is revival coming, it will start individually and like the ripple on the water, it will spread.
People will not only have that which they thought was dead resurrected, but they will be revived in spirit and ready to march under the banner of Christ!
****If you are in the Rochester, NY area this weekend, come visit us at New Testament Christian Church.*****