by Rev Joel Yong
2 Kings 4:1-7
One of the wives of a disciple of the prophets called to Elisha, “Sir, my husband is dead! You know how he feared the LORD. Now a creditor has come to take my two children as slaves.” Elisha asked her, “What should I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” She answered, “I have nothing in the house except a jar of olive oil.” Elisha said, “Borrow many empty containers from all your neighbors. Then close the door behind you and your children, and pour oil into all those containers. When one is full, set it aside.” So she left him and closed the door behind her and her children. The children kept bringing containers to her, and she kept pouring. When the containers were full, she told her son, “Bring me another container.” He told her, “There are no more containers.” So the olive oil stopped flowing. She went and told the man of God. He said, “Sell the oil, and pay your debt. The rest is for you and your children.”
The oil flowed as long as there were empty vessels to receive it. If she had all the empty vessels in the world- I am sure the oil would be enough to fill them all.
That is the way it is with God.
He is big enough for all our needs, and all our problems.
When He pours Himself forth into our lives- may we continually be found to be empty and availed to allow Jesus to fill us!
But note this- Elisha also told the widow to take the money and … pay the debtors.
Not run away with it to buy a mansion!
As evil as those men were- the right thing to do was to pay them!
Matthew Henry writes: “It is one of the main laws of the Christian religion that we pay every just debt, and give everyone his own, though we leave ever so little for ourselves; and this, not of constraint, but for conscience’ sake.”
God may make a miracle for us but He expects that we would continue to do right by Him and to those we encounter in this life- not because of whether they are good or evil men but because it’s the God-glorifying thing to do!