2 Kings 4:1-7 (KJV) 1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. 2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. 3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. 4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. 5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. 6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.
No matter where you are at right now in your marriage, finances, business, relationships, or any other area of your life. There is a great God who is able to do great things right where you are at. In this text there is a wife that has lost her husband, she is in debt and is about to lose her children. Her life seems to be crumbling in around her. But instead of just giving up she went seek help from the prophet of God. Notice what instruction was given to her from the prophet Elisha. “What do you have in your house?” He is giving a principle for all of us to take head from. The place to resolve our problems is, what can you do at home. Part of the continuing problem we have in society today is that we are looking for someone on the outside to resolve our problems. We turn to the Government, schools, relationships, better jobs for answers. But even with all these, the solution begins right in your house! What kind of example are we setting in our house concerning marriage, character, and responsibilities?
This widow was about to lose her children and blaming others wasn’t going to help her in her situation. To discover that greater things are possible right where you are at we need to stop blaming the system, our past, or any other excuses we like to use and start the conversation with, what am I doing in my house to save my children, to secure to my future. Often times we hide behind what we lack as our excuse for laziness and irresponsibility. Is it your education the excuse for holding you back? Go back to school. Is it your finances that are your excuse? Start a budget. Is it your job? Fill out applications. Complaining about what you allow doesn’t solve anything.
This widow woman said she didn’t have anything “except” a pot of oil. She is about to find out that all God needs is what you have. Her problem like many of us is that all she was focusing on is what she didn’t have. Her exceptions became the vehicle for an exceptional miracle. God has a track record for doing Exceptional things with peoples Exceptions. At the Red Sea Moses didn’t have anything except a rod and God used that to part the waters. Abraham had a barren wife yet God allowed him to be the father of many. David didn’t have anything except a sling and a few stones yet the giant fell. The disciples didn’t have anything except two fish and five loaves of bread yet the multitudes were feed. What do you have may not seem like enough to finish but it is always enough start because your resources will not run out as long as God is your source.
Todd Latham is the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Russellville.