I want to tell you the story of a woman. The woman’s husband is dead. All she has left are her two sons. She has no money and no food. Just her boys, a tiny jar of cooking oil, and a whole lot of debt.
One day, a creditor knocks on the door. He is a large, tough-looking man. “Pay up or I’m taking your boys,” he growls. She knows that they will be sold as slaves and that she will likely never see them again. But she has no money with which to pay.
Any parent can relate to the panic she feels. She is desperate. So she gets an idea. Her husband was a prophet. He served the Lord. She could ask Elisha, the mightiest prophet of all, for help.
Elisha tells her to borrow jars from her neighbours. She knocks on doors all over town and asks for jars. The neighbours comply, but they wonder if she is crazy, especially when they see her house littered with these jars. Perhaps her grief over her husband’s death has affected her head, they think.
Then God performs an incredible miracle. As the woman pours her tiny jar of olive oil into a neighbour’s larger jar, the oil fills it up. Then it fills up another jar. And another. The oil keeps coming and coming and coming. It doesn’t stop coming until all the jars are full.
The money the woman makes from selling the oil is enough to pay off her debts. But even more than that, it is enough to ensure that she need never get into debt again.
Now let me tell you another story. Imagine having two kids in diapers, the husband has lost his job, and the wife is not eligible for maternity benefits. This is my story. My husband lost his job seven months ago and, since then we had a baby—our second child. It’s not nearly as frightening of a circumstance as the one the widow faced but still, when the reality of our situation sank in, I experienced a moment of fear.
Thankfully, the panic didn’t last long. I began to remind myself of all the promises of provision that are in the Bible. I clung tightly to those, and God gave me peace.
My husband was without a job for months before he finally found a part-time, on-call position. Not enough to support the family, but a job nonetheless.
It has been seven months since my husband initially lost his job and you would think that we’d be struggling to get by. Somehow, however, there is more in the bank at the end of each month now than there was before. When we were both working, we often had to dip into our savings. But, despite the significant decrease in income, we haven’t had to touch those savings in quite a while.
How is this possible? One word: God. I believe that we are witnessing a miracle. All of our needs, He has provided—groceries, diapers, clothing, you name it. Miracle after miracle.
We were given a single bed for our daughter but we needed a mattress. So I prayed, “Lord, can you please provide a good mattress for our little girl?” Within a few weeks, a brand new, very expensive mattress and box spring were delivered to our home.
At Christmastime, someone gave us a homemade Christmas cracker. Inside, was a thick wad of paper. Twenty dollar bills. A thousand dollars worth, to be exact. Thank you Jesus!
I could tell you story after story. Like the widow’s oil, God is stretching our finances. We haven’t incurred any debt. All of our bills are paid. Our children are fed and clothed. We are not just blessed, but blessed abundantly.
I don’t know what situation you are facing. But I want you to know that God can do anything. He is more than able to handle the things that worry you. He is your provider.
The story of the widow and her oil is found in 2 Kings 4:1-7, if you want to look it up. My other lifeline verses are as follows:
Psalm 37:5 – I have been young and I have been old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread.
Psalm 18:30,32 – God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for those who look to Him for protection. … God arms me with strength. He makes my way perfect.
Isaiah 45:2-3 – I will go before you and will level the mountains. I will break down gates of bronze and cut through gates of iron. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.”
So be at peace. You are in His hands. And that’s a good place to be. The best place, in fact. You can rest easy, knowing He’s got it all under control.