I like listening to different sermons through the week on YouTube and on Podcast. There are tons of sermons and plenty of content to pick and choose from so everyone should be able to find something that speaks you. I am not sure what sermon that I was listening to but the message stuck with me through the week. It was on having faith even when it didn’t make sense.

The lesson was on 2 Kings, chapter 4. I honestly can’t ever remember reading about this miracle before, so to me, this was all brand new.

2 Kings 4:2-7

A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”

So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”

Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”

So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”

And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

There is so much going on in those few verses. The woman has lost her husband! She has been left with a debt that she can’t repay! Her husband’s creditors are coming to take her sons! She has NOTHING in her house but a small jar of oil! Talk about devastation!!! She has to be grieving, scared, worried, stressed, and feeling like she is out of options. So, she goes to Elisha looking for help and I can only imagine her reaction to his instructions.

Borrow empty vessels from your neighbors, (MORE THAN A FEW) then shut the door behind you and your sons and fill the vessels with your jar of oil. I know that the voice in my head would be saying, “Really? You couldn’t just give me some money? Why am I supposed to borrow vessels when I don’t have enough to fill even one vessel? I am going to have to return ALL of these vessels later.”

I don’t know if any of those thoughts swirled around in her mind, or in her son’s minds, but they still obeyed and did as they were told. And then, the miracle happened. The oil didn’t stop until all of the vessels had been filled. It makes me wonder if they gathered all of the vessels that they could or if they said, “this is plenty since we don’t have enough oil to fill them anyway.”

Ephesians 3:20

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

The Lord wants to do exceeding more than we ask! He wants to do what we cannot do on our own! He wants the glory! When I was thinking on this I had to wonder how many of my “vessels” I would have asked him to fill. Maybe I would have asked him to fill my “health” vessel. Maybe I would have asked him to fill my “marriage” vessel. But what if He quit filling my vessels when I quit asking. What if I didn’t ask for my “judgment”, “compassion”, or “heart” vessels to be filled. That about brought me to my knees. I quickly started jotting down the vessels in my life, from individual family members to finances and businesses, and everything that I could think of to ask the Lord to bless.

In the verse above it says that the Lord is “able” to do “exceedingly abundantly” more than we “ask or think.” But, I believe we have to have faith and we have to ask. I would hate to not ask and have some of my vessels left empty. So, start your own list of vessels and praise the Lord who is able to fill them!

Have a Blessed Day!

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  1. Thank you for sharing such an inspirational message! God bless you!

  2. Wondered across your blog…spent time with friend today who’s vessels are completely empty
    Such a job story….so sad for her! Not one devastations but several at once.
    Praying now for God to fill her and bring some relief from heartache!
    We do both believe in Gods exceeding abundant Love!
    Great reminder!

  3. Great message Tania, a good one to reflect on. Thank you!

  4. Libby Lancaster says:

    One of my favorite stories from the old testament. Thank you for sharing this!

  5. Deborah Martin says:

    Thank you for sharing this today. It was something I really needed. It has blessed me and I am making my list of vessels. God Bless you greatly!

  6. I love your perspective! And I love this story of faith! And I love your Sunday posts! Thank you!

  7. Nancy Gaddy says:

    What a great story on faith, for even when there seems no way, God provides!

  8. Lyn Harris says:

    Awsome message. Every payday, I hear the words, “use what you have in your hand”. Soo I always have enough, my bills are always paid. I always have enough food, I never lack for anything. My God always supplies my needs. . The woman used her oil and it was added to which supplied all her needs xxx

  9. That was great. I am familiar with this story but have never quite looked at it the way you did and you are right, we limit God sometimes. Thank you once more for giving this gift to me, a very real blessing to start my day with.