Full to Overflowing

 from Lynda Lindsey

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.” 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 little oil.” Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.” II Kings 4:1-3

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:5-6

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

A woman’s husband, a prophet who loved the Lord, had died; his very poor widow faced selling her sons as slaves to repay her debt. In distress the woman cried out to Elisha. Moved by compassion, Elijah readily agreed to help. Interestingly, Elisha involved both the woman and her children in finding a solution to her trouble. Elisha asked the widow what she had in her house. Upon learning she had just a bit of oil, Elisha sent the woman on a mission to locate empty jars. A lot of jars, not just a few. Her neighbors, surely aware of her dire situation, must have wondered at her request!

Just as Elisha instructed, the woman’s sons brought the empty jars to their mother and she began to pour out her small amount of oil. Miraculously her little bit of oil poured out, and poured out, and kept pouring out, filling the jars until there were no more jars left to fill. She sold the precious oil to pay her debts and lived with her children on what was left. It must have been an amazing witness to the women’s children, the creditor and her neighbors to see God’s goodness and graciousness pour out as extravagantly as the oil poured forth!

Facing troubles? Surrounded by the enemy? Throw yourself on God’s great mercy. Seek Him obediently and expectantly. God is not stingy or miserly. He pours out, and pours out, and pours out His abundant Presence until we are full to overflowing! God’s answer is rarely something predictable; He can even use empty jars! So bring Him lots and lots of empty jars and see what He will pour forth! He is able!