Now there was a woman who had been married to a member of a group of prophets. She appealed to Elisha, saying, “My husband, your servant, is dead. You know how he feared the Lord. But now someone he owed money to has come to take my two children away as slaves.”
Elisha said to her, “What can I do for you? Tell me what you still have left in the house.”
She said, “Your servant has nothing at all in the house except a small jar of oil.”
He said, “Go out and borrow containers from all your neighbors. Get as many empty containers as possible. Then go in and close the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all those containers. Set each one aside when it’s full.”
She left Elisha and closed the door behind her and her sons. They brought her containers as she kept on pouring. When she had filled the containers, she said to her son, “Bring me another container.”
He said to her, “There aren’t any more.” Then the oil stopped flowing, and she reported this to the man of God.
He said, “Go! Sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what remains.” -2 Kings 4:1-6
Isn’t this a remarkable story? Elisha works with what the woman already has, a jar of oil, and with that, he helps her get her children out of slavery and provide for her family. Like so many miracles in Scripture, this one reminds us to never, ever discount what we have! One jar of oil or 5 loaves and 2 fish is enough and more than enough in God’s hands.
So whose hands are holding all your stuff? All your problems, and the world’s too?
Of course we know that child slavery is not a thing of the past. What would it take to get children out of slavery today? Hopefully not any oil we are holding on to!
Today let’s put something we deem as worthless in God’s hands and see what the God of Elisha will do.
Thank you that you are a rescuing and redeeming God! Help us to offer your rescue every opportunity we get today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Learn the signs that a child is enslaved here in the U.S.
Make cookies or another goodie with whatever you have on hand. Be creative! Tell the kids that often God has provided things for us that we haven’t even noticed yet!