This story is one that I am so sure, we have read plenty of times
1 One day the wife of a man from the guild of prophets called out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead. You well know what a good man he was, devoted to God. And now the man to whom he was in debt is on his way to collect by taking my two children as slaves.”
As we walk this earth, meeting different people and making new or renewing old companies, we must ensure we have a good report. Let people know what you stand for, where you stand and what you believe. This widow knew her husband was a good man and Prophet Elisha knew it too. You are always good in your own eyes, so work towards been good in the eyes of others such that they can attest to it.
Lest I forget, when the debt collector came to this woman, she called out to Elisha first. It wasn’t recorded that she sought for help from others before the prophet. She went to him first. “How many times have we run to God first with our problems?” So many of us see God as our last option when indeed he should be our first.
2 Elisha said, “I wonder how I can be of help. Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Nothing,” she said. “Well, I do have a little oil.”
Sometimes, that which you have can be easily interpreted as nothing but you must understand that you must have something, no matter how insignificant it is. When God created us, he gave us something. He didn’t send us to earth an empty fellow. This you can see from the life of the first man – Adam. God didn’t tell him to call goat “goat.” He knew to call it so when he was given the job to name every animal which he did.
So to get somethings in life, you must have something. This could be training, knowledge or even an idea. Don’t think that because what you have, doesn’t look like what the other person has; that it is nothing. It in fact is something.
3-4 “Here’s what you do,” said Elisha. “Go up and down the street and borrow jugs and bowls from all your neighbors. And not just a few—all you can get. Then come home and lock the door behind you, you and your sons. Pour oil into each container; when each is full, set it aside.”
In life, we must have good interpersonal relationships or as my Dad says it, “you must have good neighborliness.” If this woman was fighting with all her neighbors or treats them as though she is better than them or holier than them, would they have borrowed her their jugs? We must build beautiful relationships with our neighbors, at home and at work and everywhere. You never know whose help you will need tomorrow.
5-6 She did what he said. She locked the door behind her and her sons; as they brought the containers to her, she filled them. When all the jugs and bowls were full, she said to one of her sons, “Another jug, please.”
He said, “That’s it. There are no more jugs.” Then the oil stopped.
Now she was to do this miracle behind closed doors with her children inside too. Sometimes we just want to shout when we have an inkling that something good is about to come our way. But there are things that have to be prepared behind closed door. Not every preparation is for public consumption. No every miracle is meant to happen in public. Like the miracle of conception. You don’t see it happen, all you see is a pregnant woman. Now sometimes, you will have to carry members of your household along. The sons, if left outside could have been telling people what was happening. But they needed to be a part of the miracle, so they were inside too. Learning to tell family members to know when to keep their mouth shut in matters that are meant to be private is something that we must bare in mind as well.
7 She went and told the story to the man of God. He said, “Go sell the oil and make good on your debts. Live, both you and your sons, on what’s left.”
One thing I love about this woman is that, after filling the available jars with olive oil. She went back to Elisha for the next instruction. “How many times have we gone on to do what we think we should do without getting the full instruction about an assignment?” Getting the full instruction about a thing makes the job easy to do. We must always make sure that we get all information we need. Assumptions can be misleading and costly.
In conclusion, Let God be your first option. Remember that instructions for every phase of our lives doesn’t come all at once to avoid mix-ups. Be sure to always check and ask for the next step after finishing the previous one. Also, for God to take us from point A to C, D, E, or Z; we must have something to contribute. God works with us as a team player even while leading. So ask yourself today;
- What do I have to contribute?
- What kind of report or testimony do I have?
- How good a neighbor am I?
- Can I follow instructions?
- Am I willing to ask for more information?
- Is God my first option or last resort?
I pray that God helps us to apply these lessons and more as we walk this beautiful space on earth. I pray we will always run to Him as our first option and not last.
Thank you for reading, I’ll love to read your comments, feedback and answer some of your questions.