Jars of Oil

Last week as I was spending time with God, He impressed something on me. What he impressed on me came out of my reading in 2 Kings 4:1-7.  

Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.” (2 Kings 4:1-7 ESV)

Elisha tells the widow to get as many jars as she can, because Elisha knows God is going to fill those jars, and God does! He fills ALL the jars she retrieved. Once all the jars were full that she retrieved, the oil stopped flowing. What if she would have gotten more jars? Would God have kept filling them? It seems to read that way.

Here is what God impressed on my heart as I meditated on this:

God will provide to the capacity we have prepared to receive.

We all want God’s blessings to flow. We all want God to do the transforming work only He can do. I believe He wants the same things, but we have to be prepared to receive it. He will provide to the capacity with which we can accept. He will give what we have prepared to receive.

So, have you prepared to receive? Are you being faithful with the small things God has put in front of you today? Are you persevering by making the right choices no matter how small it is, and no matter what happens? Are you focusing in on the areas you know need your focus: family, relationships, finances, rest?

Don’t stop preparing! Participate with God by doing the preparatory work only you can do, so that He can do the divine work only He can do!

Pastor Ronnie