Limiting God’s Blessings
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 4,5; Psalm 83; 1 Timothy 2
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Kings 4:1-7
In today’s key passage, we find the story of a woman who cried out for Elisha’s help. The woman was the widow of a prophet who was being hounded by a creditor. In Elisha’s time, debtors were often forced to sell themselves or their children as slaves to pay off their debts, and the widow was afraid that this fate would befall her. Elisha began by asking the widow about the resources she had on hand, and she replied that the only thing of value that she had was “a little oil” (Vs. 2) Elisha was a man who knew God well, and he knew that God could do great things with only a small amount of resources, so he had a plan for the widow to help her out of her situation. He told the widow to go to all of her neighbors and ask for their empty jars. Elisha further instructed her by saying, “Don’t ask for just a few.” (Vs. 3) The widow was to take these empty jars into her house and begin pouring oil into them. Even though the widow only had a small amount of oil, Elisha told her that as each jar was filled, she should put it aside and fill another one. The widow did what she was told and began filling the jars. Miraculously, she continued pouring oil until she ran out of jars. When she told Elisha about the miracle, Elisha said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.” (Vs. 7)
So what can we learn from this story? As previously stated, we learn the obvious lesson that God can multiply resources exponentially. He can make a little oil fill many empty jars, just as He can cause one man preaching the Gospel to touch the lives of thousands or even millions of people. This in itself is a great message, but there is also another less obvious lesson here. The number of empty jars the woman collected from her neighbors was directly proportional to her faith. If the woman had doubts about whether or not God was going to bless her, she probably would not have collected many empty jars. She would not spend her time and energy collecting jars if she did not believe they would be filled. On the other hand, if she truly believed that God was going to continue filling the jars until they were all full, she likely would have gone out of her way to collect as many jars as possible. See, all of us want to receive God’s blessings in our lives, but we often forget a very simple fact that is illustrated so plainly in this story. That simple fact is that God’s blessings for our lives are limited only by the measure of our faith and obedience to Him. Never lose faith in God’s ability to provide everything you need in your life. He will provide for us, and He will care for us, but we need faith to ensure we are not limiting the blessings He can bestow. We must believe that God will provide, and not allow worry to overtake our faith. Do not limit God’s blessings by only bringing Him a couple of jars. Bring God as many jars as you can, knowing that He will bless you in ways you cannot possibly imagine.
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Posted on June 20, 2014, in 12 - 2 Kings and tagged Bible, Blessings, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, God, God's Character, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.