Have you ever said the phrase, “I can’t afford that?” How about, “I don’t have the money?” “I do not know how I am going to make it.” Sure you have. I know I have. There are times when I just wanted to give up. Times I asked God, “What are you doing?” “Don’t you see my need.” “Help God!”
Ecclesiastes says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Even in biblical days people were saying things like this as is the case with the woman and the jars of oil.
This woman found herself in an untenable situation faced with not only financial ruin, but the loss of her children into slavery. She is a widow. No husband to take care of her. A bill collector was breathing down her back demanding her money or her sons (2Kings 4:1). In her desperation she cried out to the prophet of God, “thy handmaid hath not anything in the house, save a pot of oil.”
She perceived that what she had was not good enough to solve her dire circumstances. But Elisha, a prophet of God understood that she had everything right there in her own home to take care of the situation. He gave her instructions: “1) borrow vessels from your neighbors, borrow not a few. 2) Shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons. 3) Pour out into all those vessels and thou shalt set aside that which is full (2Kings 4:4) She did just as the prophet of God instructed her.
After following the instructions and coming back to the prophet of God, Elisha told her, “sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children on the rest.” Don’t miss this! She started out not being able to pay the creditor. She started out with the sure threat of losing her children into slavery. She started out thinking she had nothing. God took what she had, multiplied it enough to meet her present need with the creditor and her future needs, “live thou and they children of the rest!”
Stop crying and having a self-pity party. As Romans 8 says, “we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.” Look at your crisis from a different perspective. Look at it as an opportunity to meet the needs of your life by using the gifts God has given you. You know the cliché, “God will show up and show out!”
Don’t dismiss gifts within you as too small to change your situation for the better. There was a man, 65 years old and on social security. All he had was an old fried chicken recipe. Right. You guessed it! Kentucky Fried Chicken. This man changed his poverty-strickened situation at 65 with an old family chicken recipe. What are you overlooking?
God has given you something that can change your life for the better.
God will bless you, but you have to do something for him to bless. Remember God is a God of multiplication and He is able to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. Don’t give up the fight. Do something even if it is a small something. God will bless it and bless it and bless it. Not only will your life be changed for the better, but your generational line will be changed for the better. Use what you have. God will do the rest.
http://youtu.be/Fl-Ai-e65Z8 (Martha Munizzi, Latter Will Be Greater Than Your Past)