Daily Read - 2 Kings 3:1-4:17; Acts 14:8-28; Psalm 140:1-13; Proverbs 17:22
2 Kings 4:1-7
1 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying,
"Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord.
And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves."
2 So Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?"
And she said, "Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil."
3 Then he said, "Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors - empty vessels;
do not gather just a few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons;
then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones."
5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons,
who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.
6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel."
And he said to her, "There is not another vessel." So the oil ceased.
7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said,
"Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest."
The Lord's ways are brilliant and ingenious. Logic and reason do not confine our God and He certainly doesn't bow nor submits to world economics. He is Jehovah-Jireh; He sees ahead into our future and provides everything we need for our today. If we would quiet ourselves in His presence and take time to listen for His instruction, we would be amazed at the revelatory strategies that He downloads. He not only meets our needs, but He is the “more than enough God," meaning He goes over and beyond our expectation to bless us.
One of the most amazing things gleaned from this story is the fact this widow listened to and obeyed the words of Elisha. She never questioned his strategy, but followed it in every detail. Her obedience opened the door allowing God to provide not only the money to pay her debt, but to bless her with more than enough for she and her sons to live on.
What are you preparing for? This woman prepared for abundance, not just enough to barely scrape by, but for the exceedingly abundantly promised by God. She collected empty vessels just knowing her God would fill each and every one of them. The oil ceased flowing when the last vessel was filled. The economy should never dictate to God's people, but we should be the ones who rise above the dictates of this world and live from the glory realms of provision. Unfortunately, the church lives far below the abundance the Lord promises and as a result, walks in an anemic state rather than from a place of strength.
This is the churches finest hour and God has been preparing each of us for this historic time. Heaven's glory clouds are pregnant with rains of supernatural strategies just waiting to saturate the people of God. When this cloudburst of revelation hits, it will astound even the wisest in the world by what God does for and through His people. God will take those believers who grasp this Kingdom principle and raise them up into tremendous places of influence. There will be a mighty shift over this nation as the church begins influencing the world, rather than the world influencing the church.
Search our hearts Lord. How much of our life do we want God to fill? It's time to prepare for the Glory of the Lord to come. How do we do this? We come before the Lord and empty ourselves before Him. The less of us in our vessel, means more of Him filling it.
Present your empty vessels before Him
And watch Him fill them to overflowing!