Daily Devotional: The Widow’s Oil

2 Kings 4:1-7

1 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves."

2 Elisha replied to her, "How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?"
      "Your servant has nothing there at all," she said, "except a little oil."

3 Elisha said, "Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side."

5 She left him and afterward shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another one."
      But he replied, "There is not a jar left." Then the oil stopped flowing.

7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left."

empty shelf When our cupboard is bare:

A New Mexico homemaker completely ran out of food and had no money to buy more for her family. As she was praying about what to do, she was given a thought about making a shopping list for the family’s favorite Mexican meal. Later that day a friend phoned to ask her to stop by. When she arrived, she was astonished to see several bulging supermarket bags.

“These are for you,” her friend said. Inside were all the ingredients for the Mexican meal—except flour. As she was leaving, her friend said, “My mother said to tell you she has ten pounds of flour for you. Would you like to pick it up now?”

Though God has promised to provide for his people, he sometimes tests us to see if we’ll remain faithful to him and trust him for our daily bread. During such times the best thing we can do is recount his faithfulness to us in the past and expect his provision for the future.

How has God provided at times when your cupboard has been bare?

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