I woke up thinking about the widow in 2 Kings 4:1-7. I’ve read the story many times, but as I pondered it again this morning, the Lord showed me something fresh. I share it freely because there are so many out there waiting to see their promise. Be encouraged!
The widow was left with a lot of debt and no resources to care for her sons. Elisha heard the desperate cry of this woman, a believer in Israel, and was going to show her how to receive all that God had for her. He asked her what she had to work with and all she could see was a jar of oil. No problem, God would take that oil, representing the anointing of the Holy Spirit that she had, her faith, and do something amazing.
Elisha instructed her to gather as many empty vessels as she could, these vessels representing situations or people in which she could express her faith or impart an anointing. Would she seek out those opportunities and continue to express faith even in the midst of her own need? Then he told her, “Go inside, shut the door behind you, pour into all these vessels and set aside that which is full.” He was telling her to shut the door on the things of the world that would discourage or distract her faith, stay single focused, maintain your atmosphere of faith. Keep pouring until there is fullness. Verse 6 says, “When the vessels were full, she asked for another vessel but her son said there were no more.” That’s when the oil stopped. She was ready to continue pouring, but she had reached the time of fullness. The oil stopped because it was time to be established, to stand in confidence and watch what God would do.
Then the prophet instructed her to sell the oil, pay your debt and live off the rest. This is a transaction where God invites us to trade in our faith and receive our promise. (Is 55:2)
All the time you were pouring out, God was watching and crediting it to your account, just as He did with Abraham. Now you are about to receive the reward of your faith. Your faith was/is your currency. It’s been stored up in your account. God gives exponential interest and your account is now overflowing!
Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. Now to him who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness… Rom 4:3-5
In this time of fullness, those that have poured out in faith, trusting God to make good on His promises though little was seen, are now going to see miraculous multiplication produce abundant overflow enabling life to be lived in fullness. Continue to stand and hope in the Glory of God! Our God is faithful! You are going to be revived in His fullness.
Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5