The Widow In Us

2 Kings 4: 1-2

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.”

Have you ever had the feeling that God just wasn’t on the job? That he wasn’t keeping promises in the bible that you encountered to be true? Have your ever been disappointed in Him? Bitter? Are you blaming God for some sorrow or adversity that has happened to you that you do not deserve? Don’t be ashamed to admit it. There are things that happen that no one really understands.

Sometimes quoting Romans 8:28 ”And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”, is like trying to put a bandaid on a deep gash. It doesn’t seem to do the trick when you are in the middle of facing a hardship.

The thing about this scripture that stands out is that the creditor has come:

Not just talking about it, not calling me and harassing me, or threatening to take me to court, not sending me mean letters in the mail, He is come.

Let me make it a little plainer and maybe a little more personal, Divorce is come, Cancer is come, Death is come, The storm is come.

In other words: it’s my house that’s in trouble now. It’s not someone else on drugs now its my kids that are on drugs, It’s not someone else that’s pregnant now it’s my child that is pregnant, It’s not someone else who lost a family member now its me, It’s not someone else who’s loosing their house now it’s me that is loosing my house, It’s not someone else in jail now my family member that is in jail.

There is just something about it, that when it comes to your house it’s different. We may feel like the widow did. All alone without hope. There is hope though. The scripture that comes to mind is:

Isaiah 54:5

5 For your Maker is your husband—
the LORD Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
He is called the God of all the earth.

-The Lord is our husband. The role of a husband is to love, protect, guide, and lead. God does that for us. The benefit is what is described in verse five is that he is not limited in His humanity. What he brings to the table for the widow is so much better than what her husband could have ever brought. Thank God we serve a God that is not limited in His humanity. As a husband there is a limit to how much I can love, protect, guide, and lead. There is not limit to God. He is not limited in His humanity, so lean on Him for these things.

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