A Pot of Oil

II Kings 4:2, “And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? Tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house save a pot of oil.”

Elisha had just taken over for Elijah, and he came to this widow that had nothing, but a pot of oil. She did not have any food or money. All she had was a single pot of oil. That does not seem like much at all, but as the song says, “Little is much when God is in it.” Elisha told her to borrow vessels from her neighbors and to fill them up with her oil. She could have refused thinking that it would not be possible, but she did what the man of God commanded her to do. She filled up so many vessels that she asked her son for another, and he said there were no more empty vessels.

The widow in this story had many needs. As the verse states, she had nothing but a pot of oil. The passage also states that she had sons to take care of and debts she had to pay. She didn’t have much at all, but her family feared the Lord (vs. 1) and did what the man of God said to do with what she had. Because she did this, God was able to meet her other needs as well. She was able to take the extra oil that she had and sell it to pay off her debts, and she had enough money to live and take care of her children.

No matter the need and no matter how little we have, God can take care of us IF we fear and obey Him. Romans 8:28 promises, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

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