2 Kings 4:1-7—“One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, ‘My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.’ ‘What can I do to help you?”’ Elisha asked. ‘Tell me, what do you have in the house?’ ‘Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,’ she replied. And Elisha said, ‘Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.’ So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim! ‘Bring me another jar,’ she said to one of her sons. ‘There aren’t any more!’ he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, ‘Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.’”
Many times we allow our struggles to cause us to miss the miracle that God wants to do through us. The times when we are struggling the most are often the best places for God to birth something through us.
Finding significance in struggles starts by coming to God. Our human tendency is to go to everything else first before our Creator. The lady in 2 Kings 4 turned right to Elisha, a spokesman of God. We need assistance, guidance, and direction in our lives, and God is ready to give it to us! When we acknowledge that we need help, that something has to change, and allow God to begin to make that change in us, His power begins to flow through our lives. He can help us through any type of struggle.
Olive oil in Elisha’s day was a very precious commodity, but it was all that this lady had, and the single flask of oil that she had was used in an incredible way. Be ready to start where you already are and to use what you already have. That looks different for all of us; no one’s story is the same. You might be in the midst of a financial struggle, but it really isn’t about what we have as much as how willing we are to allow God to use what we do have. The God of Elisha is the same God as today and tomorrow. Start where you are; don’t wait any longer.
God changes the world through people who are available, and He works in empty vessels. When we empty ourselves out completely to Him, He fills us with amazing things. Our purpose as Christians is to empty ourselves so that we can present Jesus to the world on God’s terms. We need to stay empty and available for God to flow through us. Don’t wait until tomorrow, next month, or next year. Begin living for God today!
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