How Can I Help You?

2 Kings 4:2: “Elisha replied to her, ‘How can I help you?’”

Many times we focus on the problem instead of on God.

In 2 Kings 4:1, a widow does just that. She tells the prophet Elisha her husband is dead and “his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”

When we tell someone about our problem, we don’t expect the person to ask us what we have in our home. However, in verse two, Elisha not only asks how he can help her. He also asks the widow, “What do you have in your house?”

She doesn’t ask what kind of a crazy question that is. She answers that she has a little oil.

Elisha doesn’t ask her what she expects to do with a little oil, but someone else might have.

In verses three and four, he tells her to ask all her neighbors for empty jars and then go in her house with her sons, close the door, and pour oil into all the jars.

Would we have obeyed? The widow does. Verses five and six tell us she pours oil until all the jars are full. God loves to shower us with blessings.

When the widow has no more jars to fill, the oil stops flowing.

What a woman of faith. In verse seven, she goes back to Elisha and tells him what happened. He simply says, “Go sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

Dear God, help me focus on you when I have a problem. Amen.

Application: What solution has God offered you that you’ll obey even though it doesn’t make sense?

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