How to Be Blessed By God
Scripture: 2 Kings 4:3
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.
Our scripture passage today is pulled out of the context of a great story of trust and faith. The wife of a deceased prophet came to Elisha, God’s anointed prophet for that time period, to ask for help. She had no means to support herself and her two sons. Elisha asked what she did have in her house. A little cooking oil is all she could offer. Elisha came up with a game plan. He told her to go to all her neighbors and borrow as many empty jars as possible. Then Elisha gave her the most challenging directive…go home, shut the door and start pouring. Think about it – she doesn’t have enough oil to fill half of even one jar. She is to trust Elisha and borrow all the jars, go inside her house, and pour out her little bit of oil, believing it will be more than it was! She made the decision to trust Elisha enough to obey his directions. The results were miraculous. The oil kept flowing until all the jars were filled…then the oil stopped flowing. Isn’t it amazing how God honors our faith in action! This widow learned that day how to be blessed by God.
Most of our blessings from God will come to us in a similar manner. We must trust God’s promises long before we see them come true in our lives. It honors God when our attitudes are positive, our joy is real, and our faith is expecting BEFORE we actually see God answer our requests! We get two blessings at this point. First, the “waiting period” is pleasant and secondly the answers are fulfilling!
“Father, you have already promised to provide all my needs. Today I will wait in joyful expectation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”