“One day the widow of one of Elisha’s fellow prophets came to Elisha and cried out to him, ‘My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my sons as slaves’. ‘What can I do to help you?’ Elisa asked. ‘Tell me what do you have?’ ‘Nothing at all except a flask of olive oil,’ she replied. And Elisha said, ‘Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you, pour some olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting the jars aside as they are filled.’ So she did as she was told. Her sons brought many jars to her, and she filled one after another! Soon every container was full to the brim!” 2 Kings 4:1-6
Do you know what a “prepper” is? Right before the year 2000, we all knew what a “prepper” was. It was 1999 and there was great fear that there would be massive power and resource outages and shutdowns because of computer systems not having the ability to distinguish dates correctly. Fear of worldwide infrastructures breaking down at the stroke of midnight caused many to stockpile massive quantities of food, water, and batteries. Preppers became masters of making sure they had everything they might need just in case the world fell apart. When the clock struck midnight, and the digits moved to the year 2000 we all kinda wondered if the lights would go out! When they didn’t, we all sighed a little in relief and went to bed.
In this story in scripture, we don’t find a woman with a pantry full of water bottles and cans of beans. We find a woman who has nothing. In fact, she has less than nothing, and Elisha asks her to take stock of her “nothingness”. Elisha wasn’t the last man to ask, “what do you have?” … Jesus would ask his disciples “what do you have”, they’d bring him a handful of bread and fish, and he’d feed 5000.
It feels great to take stock when we have an abundance. But not so fun when there is scarcity, and we are lacking. But God has a way of turning things upside down. Because it’s when we take stock of our “nothingness” that He does the miraculous. Taking stock of all we have, all we bring to the table, all our gifts and abilities is not what He desires.
Psalm 51:16-17 says, “For you do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you take no pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God you will not despise.” It’s in the realization that what we bring to the table is brokenness and imperfection where God can do the miraculous. He’s not asking for your Great contributions and gifts. He’s asking for your “yes”. He’s asking for a broken and contrite spirit, because as you draw closer to His presence; like being drawn closer to a Holy flame, you see in the light…brokenness and a desperate need for Him. That’s when He can do the miraculous!
We pray you’ve encountered the Lord during these 21 days of prayer. We pray you won’t stop.
We love sharing the adventure of praying that a miracle-working God would do what we can’t. We pray you’ll bring to Him the little you have in the expectation that He will do exceedingly far more abundantly than you could ask or think! To Him be Glory Forever and ever!