I woke up about 6 hours ago. My first thought was a question to our Lord God. Lord, you have shown me that I must be obedient to you. I have no idea what You want me to write about. Lord direct me to what you want me to say. I believe I was led to pick back up the book, Kingdom Woman: Embracing Your Purpose, Power, and Possibilities (Tony Evans and Chrystal Evans Hurst) and begin reading the next chapter, “A Woman of Commitment”.
I read about the woman’s olive oil from 2 Kings 4:1-7. I began writing my notes and Scripture in my Bible study/prayer journal, which has Scripture at the bottom of each page. On this particular page was written, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:13) Yes, He is!
When we come to Jesus Christ with our challenges, like the prophet Elisha, He says, “What shall I do for you?” This is a reminder that the One we approach is going to have a different path that requires commitment in order to see the miracle from it. Dr. Evans discusses a few principles he gleaned from this story in 2 Kings 4.
The first principle learned is that God’s way is the best way to address life’s problems. The widow’s problem didn’t get solved until she received a prophetic word from God through Elisha. Until then, she was stuck with only human opinion. This is a reminder to us to seek God first.
The second principle from the choices of the widow is that God responds to your emptiness. We often present what we think we have to offer to God rather than recognizing that apart from Him, we are nothing. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) We are never to be too proud to ask for whatever we need from Christ and admit to Him our own emptiness. “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (James 4:6)
The third principle is to give to others what you need God to give to you. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38) Whatever you want God to do for you, give it to someone else. When the widow committed herself to following the instructions of the prophet by pouring her last bit of oil into her neighbors’ empty jars, her emptiness then became full. We will only take the step of faith to give to others what we ourselves need if we truly believe that God is our source. God has promised to “supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory” (Philippians 4:19) when we love Him and walk according to His will (Romans 8:28).
The fourth principle from 2 Kings 4 is that God does not need a lot to do a lot. If we don’t have a lot, that’s okay. God can take our little and turn it into much when we commit to following His path for our lives. “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Being a committed Christian involves making a decision based in faith to follow God’s prescribed path, while aligning ourselves under His authority. And if we don’t know what the prescribed path is? He wants us to ask Him! “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)