Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 3:1-4:17
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?
In our text we find a widow left with just a little pot of oil. Every other pot in the house was empty / vessel / jar / cupboards / pockets / 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, or to ask for 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 in your life, 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!