2 Kings 3:1-4:17; Acts 14:8-28; Psalm 140:1-13; Proverbs 17:22
You’re in big trouble…like the widow who was about to lose her two sons to slavery because she couldn’t pay her husband’s debts.
Seek help…like the widow who took her problem to the man of God, the prophet Elisha.
Be honest…like when the widow answered Elisha’s questions–“How can I help you? What do you have in your house?” and she answered truthfully “Your servant has nothing there at all, except a little oil.” 2 Kings 4:2
Do the next thing…like the widow who did as Elisha told her–“go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door…pour oil into all the jars, and as each one is filled, put it to the side.” 2 Kings 4:3-4
Experience a miracle…like the widow who saw the oil stop flowing as the last jar was filled and the sale of all the full jars of oil pay off all her husband’s debts. She even had money left over for her and her sons to live on.
Give thanks…“O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever.“
Lord God, thank you for reminding us through this story of the widow and her sons that you are very aware of our needs and that you take what little we may have to offer and you turn it into blessing. Help us to come to you always and trust you to help us in our times of need. Give us courage to do the next thing and to be found faithful. Thank you for placing us within our family of brothers and sisters in Christ to whom we can go when we need help. Grant that we may always be ready to help others in need as you lead us to respond. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.