Before starting this article, I will indicate that I have already used 2 Kings 4:1-7 to write another article titled: "Your miracle awaits you." Second Kings chapter four verse one to seven (2 Kings 4:1-7) introduced us to a story about a widow whose husband had died, and the creditors were coming for her sons. In those times, the law of Moses allowed a creditor to enslave people to work off a debt. The widow's husband was a member of the prophets who served and studied under Elisha.
The widow cried out to Elisha for help, and he asked her, "how can I help you? "Tell me, what do you have in your house." Her reply, "your servant has nothing there at all, she said, "except a little oil." The widow said, "except a little oil" because she did not see it as a source of solution to her problem. She did not regard her oil because it was commonly used for lamps, fuel, and cooking. Even though the oil was the ticket to her breakthrough, she did not see it as something valuable.
Just like the widow, many at times we despise what we have. We serve a limitless God who can do the impossible. And Elisha said to her, "go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Then, go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the empty jars and as each is filled, put it to one side". Don't reveal to others prematurely what God has instructed you to do until you have followed through to ensure its manifestation. Beware of dream "killers." The number of jars the widow collected from her neighbors was indicative of her faith. Indeed, God will bless you according to your faith.
There are three components to everybody's breakthrough and blessing from the biblical narrative: there's a part reserved for God, other people's part, and your part.
God component: Elisha gave the directives he received from God to the widow. The widow followed the directives and received her breakthrough.
People component: there is a saying by John Donne, "no man is an island." Your success, breakthrough, blessing, and everything in between will involve someone.
Your component: people have a notion of waiting on God for a miracle, but God doesn't operate like that. You have to play a part in getting your breakthrough, just like the widow. She followed all the directives Elisha gave her.
God can create a better life for you, but you must be willing to be involved in the process. God is with you, and He can transform your limited resources into limitless possibilities.