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.” -2 Kings 4:1
As I read the story of the the widow woman in 2 Kings 4:1-7 I couldn’t help but feel for this woman. I too have felt like her. No, my husband didn’t die. We were divorced. Which I guess for some it is like death. I connected with her in a way that believers do. There is only one person to go to in a time of help.- God.
Her husband dies leaving her a widow to raise two young boys on her own. She had debt collectors knocking on her door for payment of an unpaid debt by her husband and threatens to take the boys as slaves for the unpaid debt.
I imagine this widow is at the end of her ropes. Her husband dies and now she was going to lose her two sons. She had no money nothing to offer this man to pay the debt that was owed. What could she do?
In the opening verse she went to Elisha for help. She knew he was a prophet who believed and trusted God for help.
The widow woman did as Elisha told her and collected the empty jars, took them home and shut the door. She picked up the small jar of oil that she had and began pouring it into the empty jars that she borrowed. The jar filled with oil to the top. Miraculously she still had oil left in her original jar and was able to fill the rest of the jars (and still have oil left).
Does this story remind you of anyone? It reminds me that we have a debt that we can never pay on our own.
Romans 3:23-24 states: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
We have all sinned against God and the payment for our sin is death. We can’t buy our way into Heaven. Be nice enough, honest enough, obedient enough, or go to church enough to buy our way. The only way we can pay for our sin is to believe in Jesus.
Have you ever felt that what you have to offer God is insignificant? I know I have. What do I possess that glorifies God’s kingdom? I can speak words of encouragement to someone in need. I can listen when a friend is hurting or a smile to let someone know I care. God uses what we see as little or insignificant is much if God is involved.
We can ask God for help in times of need because He is able to abundantly provide for our needs. Don’t limit God’s blessing by the absence of faith and obedience.
Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sundays, and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.