By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"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 thous 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 unto all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.' So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and 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, 'Go, sell the oil, and pay the debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.'2 Kings 4:1-7Today's Read: 2 Kings 4; 2 Peter 1------A good man dies and leaves behind a grieving wife, two sons, and financial debt.What does one do when one is faced with such catastrophic, burdensome difficulties?What does one do when sadness of spirit collides with outstanding obligations that cannot be met?------Hmmm ...Does the reader find himself this moment at an impasse?Does the way before you seem closed up and are there obligations pressing hard upon you?Let's see what we might learn from the ways of a widow:1) Settle down and "size up" your situation.The widow, when faced with both grief and debt simultaneously considered the realities of her situation and recognized she yet had options:A) She could give up.B) She could give in.She could allow her boys to be taken and her debts to be paid.C) She could progress in a positive direction by seeking aid from one who wielded more power than the creditor.*Settle down and size up your situation. Record your dilemma in writing. There's great wisdom in seeing matters placed concretely before the eyes.Record at least three outcomes to your response and remember you always have options to explore.2) Approach your options with prayerful, careful consideration.The woman, under duress, understood that the lives of her sons were at stake.She understood that her decisions would jeopardize or secure the welfare and safety of the two sons she loved more than life itself.She acted wisely.Approaching her third option, she presented herself and her situation to Elisha (Godly prophet), identifying her husband and herself with him. As humble servants of God, she wisely requested the prophet's aid in procuring a solution to her dilemma.*Secure the aid of godly and redemptive individuals in a crisis. Individuals who participate in the welfare and redemption of the soul and its sanctification will be placed before you as God determines.Be obedient and trust God's directives in your life.3) Act.Grief has a way of paralyzing both emotion and activity.Tangibly insist on keeping God's word open before you and God's people present around you.Request "vessels" from your neighbors and utilize the resources made available to you as God directs.You may be called to do "fearful" things but God will be "faithful" in those things.-The vessels will be provided you, dear reader.-The oil will come.-The debt will be taken care of.-Lives will be procured, preserved, and protected in God ordained, miraculous ways and He will receive glory as He alone has the power to do.Act in obedience and leave the outcome entirely to God.-----Obstacles present opportunities for God to display His glory.Look to Him.Listen to Him.Pour out ..."And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shall pour out unto all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full."2 Kings 4:4------Three Study Considerations:1) Size up your situation by recording it and praying over it.2) Emphatically and decisively attach the promises of God to your dilemma as He brings them to mind.3) Respond in obedience to whatever God tells you."Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; all ye that hope in the Lord."Psalm 31:24
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