“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.” 2 Kings 4:3-4
A prophet died with debts that his widow could not pay. Her creditors were threatening to take her two sons as payment. She was frightened, of course, because she loved her two sons and didn’t want to see anything bad befall them. She called upon Elisha, another prophet who was known throughout the land, for help.
Elisha asked the widow what she had in the house. “Olive oil,” she answered. Elisha instructed her to go to her neighbors and collect all of the empty jars that she could. She was to take the jars home, shut the door, and pour the oil she had into the jars. The widow didn’t understand how her small amount of oil could fill of the jars, but she knew that Elisha was a prophet of God. She did as she was told. She poured her oil into every single jar. When she came to the last jar, she asked her son to get her one more. “There are no more jars,” he told her. Then the oil then stopped flowing. The widow was able to sell the oil to pay off her debts, and she had some money to live off of.
How often has God told us to do something with the little resources we have in order to turn our lives around, yet unlike the widow, we balked out of fear or disbelief? How tightly we cling to things when we face scarcity and possible loss. So often our response it to constrict, instead of expand. Faith requires us to unfold our clinched fist.
We cannot receive the abundance God wants to bestow on us if we constrict ourselves. We must act with faith like the widow did. In hard times, trust that God will take care of you. Trust that He will provide, even in our scarcity. It may not be that we earn more money through His works, like the widow did, but we will receive what we need in order to sustain ourselves through our hardships.
F.R.O.G. Practice: What are you worried about today? Have you asked God for His help? What has God instructed you to do? Will you be open and receptive to doing what He asks? Will you put aside any fear or doubt, and take a leap of faith?