Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 3:1-4:17 (additional reading: Psalm 140:1-13 and Proverbs 17:22)
Have you ever run out of time? Ever run out of options? Ever run out of resources? Or do you always clean your plate? At a restaurant, do you feel compelled to suck down your soda before you leave and get the last bit you paid for? Whether your answer is yes or no, I guarantee you would if you were starving or literally dying of thirst!
In our text, we find a widow left with just a little pot of oil. Every other pot in the house was empty: vessels, jars, cupboards, pockets and purse. In her emptiness/nothingness, she went to the Prophet Elisha and she learned something about nothing! She learned what God can do with an empty vessel!
v. 3 “empty” is the key word in this story. The prophet did not tell her to go try and borrow food from neighbours, oil, money or get a loan he said to go and borrow as many empty jars as possible. It was like the Prophet Elisha was saying, lady, you’ve got a lot of emptiness in your life…but not enough emptiness! So gather together some more emptiness, go back to your empty house and empty cupboards, I want you to see what God can do with emptiness.
She set out all those empty jars and vessels, took her little jar of oil and poured it into one of the empty jars. It was filled full, and yet her little jar wasn’t empty. She filled the 2nd / 3rd / 4th / many more? Finally, she said, hand me another, and her son said, that’s it, there’s no more emptiness!
Notice what happened when there was no more emptiness. v. 6b “stayed”= “stopped flowing” let’s make a spiritual application from this story. If you are not experiencing God’s presence, power and grace in your life as much as your should, it may be that you’re not “empty” enough of yourself for him to fill you! We serve a Lord that specializes in filling emptiness!
- Have you emptied yourself before God?
- How can you allow God to fill your life?
Father, Thank You that when we bring nothing, You give us everything. Help us like John the Baptist to decrease that Jesus may increase in our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen
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