What would be his reply? How would he respond? Would he just send her away? He was the only one standing between her and more loss and despair.
I surely can relate to this mother and her heart for her boys. The world comes calling every day. Pressing and pursuing my children’s hearts. Desiring to trap and enslave them into a debt they will never be able to repay. Sin and temptation are there for the taking. I have nothing to ward off the world’s allure and vices. It preaches freedom all while holding bondage behind its back.
I have tried all the other things: quality time, church attendance, family devotions, sheltered and secured environments, and they are not enough. They are sufficient for a time, but their value is not enough to keep the world at bay. Desperate and emptied of all resources, I seek the only help I can find. I run to my Savior and say, “Lord, I am all out of options.”
Elisha’s answer to this mother’s request was both unusual and unconventional. He asked her a simple question, “Do you have anything left of worth?” Her response was a helpless admission. “I have a cruse of oil.”
This same question challenges my thinking today. What do I have left?
My mind races frantically. "Lord, I already said I am running on empty. My spiritual cupboard is bare. There is nothing of any value left in me."
“What about My Word?” He says. "Isn’t it more valuable than rubies, more precious than gold?"
Psalm 19:7-10 says,
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart, the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.”
Just as the prophet commanded the widow to go and collect as many vessels as she could find and keep filling the vessels with her last valuable thing on this earth, God requires me to do the same. I must take His Word and pour it out into my heart, my prayers, my actions, and my thinking.
I can’t leave it on the shelf knowing it has worth but treating it as a prized possession that dare not be handled and used.
Friend, are you gathering all the circumstances of your day and pour over them the oil of God’s Word? Are you taking time to collect all the matters of your daily walk and allowing for the Word to be poured into them filling them with truth and wisdom? Do those who you come in contact with see your life as a life overflowing with provision and purpose? Do they see you as one who has received a miracle that is eternal and without end? Do you see your cupboard full of provision and promise today?
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