Have you ever read a story or article that just jumps off the page to you? You weren’t expecting it but next thing you know it’s consuming your thinking? Maybe it’s just me… really hoping it’s not. Recently I had one of those moments with a story lodged in the Old Testament, in 2 Kings 4:1-7, check this out:
1 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.” 2 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 small jar of olive oil.” 3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 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.” 5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 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. 7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
There’s this question in this story that transcends just the context for which it was written all those thousands of years ago. It is a question still being posed to all of us today. A question, that depending on our answer & response has massive implications. Here is the question:
What do you have in your house?
Did you notice the response of the widow when this question was asked of her? Elisha asks and her response is simple, “NOTHING”. Have you ever felt that way? Seems like you are just running on empty? I find it sort of comical that then the widow throws in this line, kind of as an after thought, “well I guess I have a little oil.” She’s thinking: “What good is that? Should I have brought that up? Why does it even matter, its not enough to do anything with. What can God do with this little oil? It’s so insignificant.”
Here is the reality friend: When you mix the little you have with the lot that God has He will blow your mind, every time!
So maybe today you are struggling, could be financially or emotionally, maybe life has just handed you a bad stack of cards as of late… We all face moments of lack, it is part of life, how will we respond? Will we let God do something with our “small, insignificant oil”?
Did you notice what Elisha tells her to do? She isn’t instructed just to collect the jars from her house, why? Because that wasn’t enough!!! God wanted to blow her mind. Imagine that faith building exercise, going door to door getting other peoples jars… Everyone is thinking this lady is crazy! They all know she has nothing. The take away from this, is one I wrestle with often, so I pose it to you in a question:Are you willing to look momentarily ridiculous to encounter a miracle of God?
You know what we are so prone to do with God? We put Him in a box. We try to fit him into jars we already have in our house, when all along He is wanting to do a new, amazing thing! Expand what is in your house, go get more jars.
God is asking you today, “What do you have in your house? Do you have a little passion, a little faith, a little dream?” He is saying “Watch me use it, let me blow your mind! Let me make you a witness! Let me give you more than enough to sustain you! Allow me to surprise you.”
Today, maybe you find yourself in need of a miracle. Maybe there is just a little oil in your house. It is time to answer these questions: What do you have in your house? Are you willing to hand it over to God? Are you willing to look ridiculous to encounter a miracle? It is time to take a risk, to open up your life for God to move. I promise He can use your “nothing” and make it something you could have never imagined.
By: Benji Block