Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few. “And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not one vessel more.” And the oil stopped. 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 can live on the rest.” (2 Kings 4:3-7)
From Empty Vessels To Abundance
This story brings me joy and hope as we have faced, like many, a lot of financial adversity. We’ve been in our share of severe storms, but my husband and I find hope in God’s love, promises and continual provisions.
It’s easy to read this passage in the Bible and miss the message of what God was truly pouring out that day, to this poor widow. Some may be able to relate to her financial hardships, I know we could. She was a widow, of a prophet, with two sons and found herself facing life without her husband and a mountain of debt. So much debt and so little provision that she was at risk of losing her two sons to the debtors. Could you imagine, losing your husband and then losing your only two sons to pay off a debt? Thankfully God sent a prophet her way, Elisha, to help her in her most dire situation and desperate times.
What was the solution? To get vessels and not just a few, but borrow as many as she could. Elisha essentially told her to bring a lot, because God was about to give her an outpouring from heaven. Elisha instructed her to take her little vessel of oil and pour it into the other bottles. God then poured out oil, so that she could fill ALL her vessels, then sell them and pay off her debt. When her vessels were all full, the oil stopped flowing.
God had enough provision ready to fill up as many vessels as she had to fill, the oil only stopped flowing because she ran out of jars, not oil. How great is our God? It doesn’t matter what our need is today, how much we lack or how big our debt is, God has more than what we need to take care of all our concerns. This widow was able to repay all her debt and had money left over for her and her sons to live. Praise God!
I don’t know about you, but hearing this widow’s blessings fills me with hope. It reminds me that God has no lack and no shortage. We can keep our trust in God and count on the certainty of WHO He is. It doesn’t matter how big our problems, worries or concerns are, God is bigger than all of it. My husband and I have seen God deliver us from debt we never thought we’d see the end of and He continues to show up and deliver us time and time again.
Our Lord Jesus told us: So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:8)
God knows all things and knows what our needs are even before we see the need arise and He has already prepared a way for it to work out for the good in the end. Keep trusting in Him and He will provide more than enough for you too. Remember God’s ability and abundance, we simply don’t have, can’t find or borrow enough vessels to contain all the blessings God wants to pour out for us. Keep believing and keep thanking Him for all the blessings He has done, is doing and will do. Truly, we could never contain all of God’s love and blessings…thankfully.
May the Lord fill all our empty vessels to overflowing with His Spirit; for by His Spirit can come all things and with God all things are possible. If our vessels are found full of things not pleasing to God, may He empty them so that they can be filled with Him. Without Him, all is empty even if the world sees it as full, for without God, there is nothing that will last…
Blessings to you,