This morning my pastor talked about the poor widow in 2 Kings 4:1-7. After her husband died, the creditors were coming to take her two sons as slaves because she couldn’t pay her debt. Because this woman feared the Lord, she called on His prophet, Elisha for help.
Elisha asked this widow what she had. She only had a pot of oil.
Elisha instructed her to borrow all the empty vessels she could from her neighbors, gather her sons and shut the door, and pour the oil into the vessels. She kept pouring until all the vessels were full, then the oil stopped. This widow went outside and reported to Elisha she had done as he said.
He then told her to go sell the oil, pay her debt, and, “…live thou and thy children of the rest.” Our pastor pointed out that when we believe on Jesus, the biggest problem we will ever have is solved. Our salvation is sealed and we are given eternal life.
However, as believers, we will have tribulation and adversity just like anybody else. Sometimes we will have more because the devil fights us to destroy our testimonies, our influence for good in the lives of others, and the spread of the gospel.
But one of the best promises the Lord has given us is that He will never leave us and that He will supply our every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Hebrews 13:5, Philippians 4:19)
God doesn’t just save our souls and then leave us to figure the rest of life out on our own. He continues to supply our every need as we seek, ask, trust, and depend on Him. His coffers are full and He faithfully supplies “the rest” until our days here are no more.
My husband went to heaven 21 months ago today. Although I have so much more than the poor widow in 2 Kings, a lot of my security left with my husband. But I can testify that God has been so very faithful to supply my every need.
He has sent many “Elisha’s” and neighbors my way when I’ve had trouble and needed help. I have gotten money in the mail anonymously, help with house and car repairs, wood cut and stacked for the winter and countless other random acts of kindness that lifted me up when I was in need or discouraged. I am living on “the rest” and believe me, there is plenty there!
My prayer is that I long for His presence in my life more than anything or anyone else and that I will trust Him for the unknown future. I want a deeper understanding of who He is and the depth of His love. I hope this is your prayer too. Have a blessed day!
Keep looking up,