Don’t ask for just a few.

November 24, 2009

Consider the following story from 2 Kings4:1-7
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a little oil.”
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

She left him and afterward shut the door behind here and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing. 2 Kings 4: 1-7
She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. Your sons can live on what is left.”

This is not meant to be biblical exegesis; I just see some personal applications.
“..his creditor is coming to take my boys as his slaves...” You may not believe this, but there is someone who wants to take our children as slaves, we must do what ever we can to protect them, as a mother would protect her sons. The enemy wants you to fail, big! The enemy is not looking out for your best interest.

…Tell me what you have in your house…” As with this story, God usually uses what we already have to create His miracles. Just a little oil, lets start with that. Just a few fish and a little bread, let’s have lunch.

“Don’t ask for just a few.” This is my favorite part of the passage, and it is an encouragement to me to ask and keep asking, so I will.

“They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring.” As long as we keep doing what is asked of us, and God will continue to provide.

“There is not a jar left
.” Then the oil stopped flowing.” God’s oil, His provision will not dry up until the need is met. The only thing that will cause it to stop is if we stop providing ourselves as willing vessels to hold His miracle.

Isaiah says that we are the clay; God is the Potter (Isaiah 64:8). He has made us into vessels, pots for his work and purpose. Make yourself available and he will fill you and he will use you.

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