Scripture: 2 Kings 4:3-4
Then he said, "Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few. "And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full."
Insights: Hebrews 11:6 informs us that it is impossible to please God without faith. One of the attributes of faith is that it always presses us outside of our comfort zones. A lot of times the commands of God don’t even make sense to us. I can only image when Elisha, the spokesman for God, told her to go to all of her neighbors and borrow EMPTY vessels from them that this widow thought, “What good is that going to do me?” In our modern day mind we would have thought Elisha would have told her to go and get all of the FULL vessels from her neighbors and have an “oil sale” to raise money. After all, that is the way God works, right? Obviously, the answer is no. That method is not the way the Lord always works. In life we face all kinds of things. The woman in our reading lost her husband and was now facing the bill collectors. I am not saying God caused her husband to die in order for Him to test her faith. What I am saying is God will use any situations in which we find ourselves to test our faith. Sometimes the Lord puts us in those situations (i.e. Adam and Eve). Sometimes the Lord allows Satan to put us in those situations (i.e. Job). Sometimes the Lord allows us to put ourselves in those situations (i.e. Ananias and Sapphira). The point is no matter how the situation comes about, the Lord will use it to test our faith. He gave this woman the answer to her problem, but would she accept His answer of provision. After all, the answer the Lord gave sounded pretty crazy. Beloved, let me encourage you to respond positively to whatever the Lord asks you to do. I promise you in the end you will be glad you did. Every time you respond with a “Yes, Lord!” your faith grows; your trust and dependence upon Him grows; your boldness and ability to walk faithfully after Him grows. Every time you are stronger and better than you were before. Trust the Lord, step out of your comfort zone, and give glory to the Lord as you walk by faith!
- In what ways is God presently testing your faith?
- What has He specifically asked you to do that you are reluctant to obey?
Prayer: Father, I understand that You will always press on me to move beyond my comfort zone and walk in the realm of faith. Help me in my weakness to trust You and to bring You glory as I respond in faith. Amen.