In 2 Kings 4, there is a story of a widow who cries out to Elisha, “My husband is dead… we have debts and the creditor is coming to take away my sons to be slaves…” Elisha did not respond by deciding her issue should be his issue to resolve. Instead, he asked her to reflect on “What is in YOUR house?” Her response was an indication of what so many of us do… SHE UNDERESTIMATED THE POTENTIAL OF WHAT SHE HAD, TO PRODUCE WHAT SHE NEEDED. She answered “Nothing…. except a little oil.” He encouraged her to use what she had until it ran out, and the little oil in her hand created a miraculous provision in and for her house!
It’s easy to overlook the fact that what WE HAVE is capable of producing what WE NEED.
2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine POWER has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
Everything we need in life begins as a seed in our house and hand. What we sow today will meet our need tomorrow. For the widow, the little oil became an endless supply of provision during her time of famine.
The smallest things become great when placed in the right hands.
-A basketball in my hands is worth about $20. A basketball in Kobe Bryant’s hands is worth around $30 million. It depends on whose hands it’s in.
-A baseball in my hands is worth about $6. A baseball in Alex Rodriguez hands is worth about $29 million. It depends on whose hands it’s in.
-A tennis racket is useless in my hands. A tennis racket in Matt Kuchar’s hands is a worth $1.35 million. It depends on whose hands it’s in.
-A rod in my hands might keep away a wild animal. A rod in Moses’ hands will part the sea. It depends on whose hands it’s in.
-A slingshot in my hand is a toy. A slingshot in David’s hand is a powerful weapon. It depends on whose hands it’s in.
-Two fish and five loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches. Two fish and five loaves of bread in God’s hands will feed thousands. It depends on whose hands it’s in.
What’s in your house? Pick it up and use it for the Glory of God and watch it flow.