“Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”” (2 Kings 4:6–7, NKJV)
Elisha had been approached by the widow at a time of dire need. Her deceased husband had severe debts, and now the creditors were coming to take her sons and sell them into slavery. Hopeless, she came to Elisha asking for help. Elisha told her to take the one jar of oil she had and to pour it out into all the other vessels she would gather. Miraculously, God caused the oil to keep flowing until all the vessels were used up.
We rejoice with the widow, and we can also observe a lesson on faith. How much faith did the widow have? It would be directly correlated to how many jars she gathered up. Note that the oil did not cease flowing until there were no more jars to be found. Presumably, if she had gathered 100 more jars, she would have filled them all, whereas if she had only gathered half of what she did, that would have been all of the oil she would have received. God (through Elisha) had given her the opportunity not only to pay her debt, but to provide an income for the rest of her life, if she but trusted the Lord to provide.
How much do we miss out on simply because of a lack of faith? It’s not that we don’t trust the Lord to provide – we do! After all, for those of us who belong to Christ, we understand our total dependency upon Him, knowing that we are spiritually destitute without Him & have no hope. We trust our Lord Jesus to provide for our every spiritual and eternal need. Though we need to ask the question: do we trust God beyond eternity? Do we trust our Lord Jesus to be our provider for our every-day needs as well?
Every day is a new opportunity to trust the Lord Jesus Christ and see Him glorified in our lives. Yet few Christians practically live with that kind of expectation. We just go on our lives, making it through the day, knowing that our eternities are provided for, but we’re caring for ourselves in the meantime.
We’ve brought far too few jars to be filled.
We haven’t trusted Jesus to fill all the jars according to His abundance. All we’ve trusted Him with is our eternity & nothing else.
We will certainly find that our eternity has been cared for in Christ, but our Lord Jesus offers so much more to all those who belong to Him. How much faith do you have? It’s shown in what you present to Jesus, trusting for His abundance.
Lord, increase our faith!