I love Elisha’s style. A widow approaches Elisha. She is completely distraught. Her husband died and left her poor and in debt. Her creditor was in route to take her sons in payment for the debt as slaves. She was heartbroken, hopeless and completely without options…well, except one. She came to God’s man and told Elisha her trouble and need. Elisha, the pragmatic prophet, went right to work–“Go get all the jars you can put your hands on. Do not be shy and do not be lazy. Ask everyone.” She does as he told her. She gathers jars and jars. He then tells her to take the little olive oil she has, and start filling the jars. She does. In that moment, God provides an ulimited supply of oil. She continues to pour until the last jar is copmpletely full. Then the oil stops flowing. Elisha then tells her to sell the oil and pay the debts. Then use the rest to live from then on.
Once again God shows His miraculous ways in very simple fashion. There was no pomp or ceremony. Elisha did not demand a special recognition or sacrifice. He simply led the woman back to the provider and her faith caused an amazing thing to occur. In that, she was saved and her family was kept in tact. We need to have that same faith that looks around, assesses a situation, and allows God to do what he does best–protect, prepare and provide. There need not be any drama, ceramony or special recognition–only the faith to ask God for our needs and then the faith to trust Him to provide. Elisha never had a doubt and the widow would never doubt again that God does provide. We need to have that saame faith and confidence–God will provide, that is simply who He is! Jehovah Jirah.
God Bless You
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.”