JUNE 1: TOIL TO OIL

TOIL TO OIL
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Miracles provide us with visible evidence of God's invisible power.
They remind us of our mortality and God's immortality and cause us to be creatures of worship, adoration, and praise.
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Consider the story of the widow.
2 Kings 4:1-7
Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, "Thy servant, my husband, is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen." And Elisha said unto her, "What shall I do for thee? Tell me, what hast thou in the house?" And she said, "Thine handmaid hath not anything in the house save a pot of oil." Then he said, "Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shall pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full." So she went from him and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her, and she poured out. And it came to pass when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, "Bring me yet a vessel." And he said unto her, "There is not a vessel more," and the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God, and he said to her, "Go, sell the oil, and pay the debt, and live, thou and thy children of the rest."
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The creditor knocked on the widow's door and the widow knocked on Elisha's door.
Here, we see a woman of great vulnerability interacting and reaching out to a prophet highly esteemed and wielding great authority.
The request was noble; the widow was wise,
She toiled and was prized ...
 with a provision of oil.
1) Our greatest needs secure God's greatest provisions.
 We have but to knock on the great gatekeeper's door and inquire of Him.
Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened."
Matthew 7:7-8
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2) Sometimes "toil" procures the oil.
The widow and her sons cast themselves on the mercy of God and at the prophet's feet.
A curious and unique "outfitting of deed" was required of them for the fulfillment of need.
She didn't bulk at the humble assignment she was given or question it. She attended herself with immediacy to the task which she was given; and in performing the word of the Lord, He performed His good word and "oil" to her.
We must listen to the word of the Lord, humble ourselves, and do as He bids us.
"Call unto Me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
Jeremiah 33:3
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3) Each man's oil takes on a different form.
Our needs differ from one another as does God's response.
He doesn't answer any two people in the same way.
He works uniquely, personally, and suggestively with each of us, desirous that we should experience more of Him.
As He did for the widow ... so shall He do for us;
in His time and in His way He shall surely provide the needed oil.
God's longing to connect with us precedes the provision He extends to us; and the experience of need is simply ours in order to witness His glory and goodness to a greater degree.
Our empty vessels signifiy a need for a filling of faith and oil;
they are the provisionary means by which we receive that which He has prepared for us.
Let our eyes look well and with expectancy in what He will do for us.
"Ah Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee."
Jeremiah 32:17
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From widow to prophet,
from toil to oil ...
Make your request be heard.
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