…your servant has nothing there at all…except a small jar of olive oil (2 Kings 4:2).
This widow made the right move in going to Elisha for help. The situation seemed impossible, so she had nowhere else to go but to God.
Instead of giving her immediate relief, God asks this widow to extend her faith. The steps she takes next will determine how big of a blessing she will receive. God frequently does this:
- how many ditches am I willing to dig (3:16)?
- how many doors am I willing to knock on to ask for empty jars (4:3)?
- how many times am I willing to strike the ground with my arrows (13:18-19)?
The ditches were filled with water until they could hold no more.
The jars were filled with oil until they could hold no more.
Joash only struck the ground three times, so he only received three victories.
Jesus told us…
…ask, and keep on asking
…seek, and keep on looking
…knock, and keep on knocking
God IS going to answer. The question is: HOW BIG do I want Him to answer?
Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish INFINITELY MORE than we might ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20)