In the past, I have written in regards to generational curses with families and how it carried over into sons and daughters of the house of David and others. Today, I’ll write about a wonderful story of a miraculous provision that was given to a wife of a son of a prophet.
The woman in II Kings 4 was a widow of a son of a prophet. She was in serious debt, had no money or anything to barter with, and had to support her household.
II Kings 4:1 (AMP)
NOW THE wife of a son of the prophets cried to Elisha, Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. But the creditor has come to take my two sons to be his slaves.
This woman went directly to the person she expected to receive assistance from. She didn’t go to her neighbor, her family, or her friends. If anyone was going to be able to help her, it would be Elisha.
In this verse she cried out, stated the situation about her husband, then she gave him the problem. She was a woman who was persistent to get her problems resolved and would do what was possible to protect her sons from going into slavery.
Elisha must have sensed her desperation in her voice. He quickly answers, “What shall I do for you?” Not, “This is what I’ll do for you!” He wasn’t trying to solve her problem, but assist her in resolving the problem. She responded by stating that she had nothing except a jar of oil. We can assume this family was very poor and had nothing to live on.
II Kings 4:3 (AMP)
Then he said, Go around and borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels–and not a few.
What could possibly come out of a jar of oil? She didn’t express it, but did it cross her mind? Did she doubt? Did her mind spin as she wondered how was this going to help her in her critical time of need? She paid close attention and Elisha proceeds to give the woman further instructions.
II Kings 4:4 (AMP)
And when you come in, shut the door upon you and your sons. Then pour out [the oil you have] into all those vessels, setting aside each one when it is full.
This was a private matter and at that moment it wasn’t to be revealed what was going on to others around her. She was to borrow as much vessels she could collect from her neighbors, go back home, close the door behind her, and start working with her sons.
The Lord will give us provisions but it’s not given to us on a silver platter. Especially when we have gotten ourselves in a bind without the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 6:7-9 (AMP)
7Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap. 8For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
For whatever reason the woman was in debt, but God is a faithful God and always wants to help his children. Some of us may be in debt because of circumstances beyond our control. Some just love to spend and do not know how to control the money that has been entrusted to us, and there are probably some out there who just don’t care.
At whatever point you are in life, just stop and turn to the Lord for guidance in your situation. The woman didn’t hesitate to go to Elisha. We shouldn’t hesitate to go to the Lord.
The woman and her sons obeyed every step Elisha instructed them to do. They worked hard in filling vessels until the last one was full. Once the vessels were all filled, the oil stopped pouring out of the jar.
She didn’t try to make sense out of what just happened. She went back to Elisha for further instructions.
II Kings 4:7 (AMP)
Then she came and told the man of God. He said, Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons live on the rest.
The woman did just that… Sold the oil, paid off her debt, and lived on the rest.
At times, when the going is tough we may have to slim down on the daily consumptions in life. Whether it’s to slim down on utility usage in your home, find creative ways to cut down on certain things, or just hold back on extra curricular activities. Ask the Lord how to handle the situation so that you can see yourself “debt free.” I’m not just talking about money. You may be in debt in your mind or your debt may be physical. Debt can comprise of many things in our life that is not from the Lord.
If we’re ready to give up our debt, then the Lord is ready to receive it, and give us a provision to become debt free in what is choking us in our life.
Isaiah 45:2-3 (AMP)
2I will go before you and level the mountains [to make the crooked places straight]; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron. 3And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name.
Let’s never forget that what the Lord has done for the woman and every character in the Bible, He will do for us.