Your miracle awaits you
2 Kings 4:1-7
The woman comes to the man of God (Elisha) at her desperate need for help. Elisha was the representation of God. There was debt and the creditors were coming for her two sons. In accordance with the Hebrew law a creditor will take the debtor and her children as servants. This was really heartbreaking because this woman has lost her husband and she was about to lose her son’s until she encountered Elisha. Who you encounter will break your miracle and breakthrough.
When the widow cried out to Elisha, he asked her: “What can I do to help you? Tell me what do you have in your house. Nothing at all except a flask of olive oil, she replied”. We can deduce from this verse that the widow belittle what she has but that little oil was her miracle. Unbeknownst to her, her miracle was in her own house. Many of us are in search of a miracle and breakthrough but we have failed to look at what is in our house. The widow was in a dire need but there was a miracle in her house yet she failed to recognize. She called her miracle “except a flask of oil”. The oil was her ticket to pay of her debt and she place no value in it. Most of the time we are waiting on God for a miracle but God has made everything available for that miracle. Just like the widow her miracle was in her own house. There are four principles that can be derived from 2 Kings 4:1-7 and they are FAITH, PARTICIPATION, SECLUSION, ASSOCIATION and OBEDIENCE. Let us look at the first one:
Faith: It is written in Hebrews 11:1 “now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Even though the widow did not regard her oil, she had faith and hope that it will birth a miracle. Scripture also says that it is impossible to please God without faith. The widow’s faith was pleasing to God and it birthed her a miracle. Many of our problems and struggles are as a result of lack of faith in God. We must have faith in God and be confident in what we have no matter the size or amount.
Participation: The widow participated in her own miracle. She participated by borrowing jars from her friends and neighbors. Many at times we are waiting on God for the birth of our miracle whiles God has made everything available to us. All we must do is participate and God will do the rest.
Seclusion: “then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you”. We can see from this narrative that the widow’s miracle was not for public view. It was meant for the widow to be secluded from public eye for the miracle to birth forth. Many miracles and breakthroughs have been aborted in the womb of time because it was too premature for public view. Not every eye has to see the birth of your miracle and breakthrough. In this day age of social media craze, people advertise anything on social media which has cause their downfall.
Association: “borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors”. We can see from the text that the widow’s miracle involves her associations thus friends and neighbors. I so much believe that the widow was in the right association and that is why her miracle was able to birth forth. We must be mindful and careful of who we associate ourselves with. Not everyone is part of your journey. Some associations will derail and delay your miracle and destiny. Every now and then we must take inventory of our associations to see who we must cut off.
Obedience: scripture says that obedience is better than sacrifice. Many of us want the miracle but we do not want to obey simple instructions. The widow obeyed Elisha’s directives to the “T”. she did not miss nothing and this brought about her miracle and breakthrough. If we are going to experience the miraculous then it is imperative that we obey God.
The widow’s situation seems hopeless, but God came through for her and turned her life around. It is my prayer that God will turn any hopeless situation in your life around. May you be inspired, motivated to believe in your little oil just like the widow.