The Jar Of Oil
2 Kings 4: 1-7 (NKJV)
1 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”
2 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”
3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few.
4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”
5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.
6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased.
7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”
During the times of Elisha, prophets’ life was usually made difficult by the ruling government. Hence, the debt that the widow faced was perhaps a result of a life that was made impoverished. The distressed widow cried out to Elisha for help. This is because her two precious sons were about to be sold to slavery to pay for the debt.
In verse 2 when Elisha asked the widow what she had in the house, she replied: “… nothing.. but a jar of oil.” There will definitely be some point in our lives that we feel inadequate or insufficient. Like the widow, we may think that we have nothing but a small amount of oil. For every one of us, the jar of oil may represent different things. It might be your gifts, talents, time, people, money or your other resources.
Look at what the widow did. She obeyed the instructions from Elisha, a godly prophet of God. She exercised her faith and believed God’s miracle upon her life. She went everywhere, literally everywhere to gather empty vessels. After which, she shut the door behind her and started pouring the oil from the jar into the empty vessels. She didn’t doubt. She just kept pouring oil from the jar. The oil only ceased when all the vessels collected were filled.
God is not limited by the jar of oil we have in our lives. He is God of miracles. He is God who multiplies. He is God who gives to His people freely. God is God of abundance. He has all the supply to give. But do you have enough capacity to receive His blessings? If not, enlarge your capacity today! Go back to the Word of God, see what God says. Learn His truth. And draw close to God.
Let us learn from the widow, shut the door behind you and keep pouring the jar of oil. Shut out all forms of distractions. This is because you need to focus and concentrate as you pour the oil. In order to fill the empty vessels, the widow had to first pour the oil out of the jar. Yes! We need to also pour out our “oil” into order for the empty vessels to be filled. Pour out your gifts and talents to serve God in His kingdom. Spend time learning His word every day. Sign up for Rhema@River, a collaboration of our church with Rhema Bible Training Center. Set aside time to reach out and connect to the people in your community, workplace, campus, camps and home. Give unto God your obedient tithes and generous offerings.
Friends, brothers-and-sisters-in-Christ, God is bigger than you think! He can multiply the jar of oil that you have, into vessels after vessels of oil. All you need is the capacity to receive. Join me in this prayer:
“Dear Heavenly Father, all praises to You, for You are the Great God Almighty. You are the God of miracles, the God who provides, the God who multiplies. I thank You that You are the God of abundance and You have all the supply and resources beyond my imagination. I pray that God, You help me enlarge my capacity to receive from You. I shut out any distractions in my life and be solely focused on You. I commit to pour out the jar of “oil” in my life to let more precious souls come to know You as their personal Lord and Savior. I pray all these in the mighty Name of Jesus. AMEN!”