In 2 Kings 4, there’s a story called “The Widow’s Oil” in which a widow is going through a crisis. Her husband has just passed away and now she must pay for his debts through enslaving her sons to his creditor. She is desperate and approaches the prophet Elisha with her troubles. He instructs her to go and gather up as many jars, or pots, as she can; then to bring those back to her house. He says, “Pour oil in to all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side” (v 4). She does as he says, and with what little oil she has, she pours until there are no more jars. Miraculously, she is able to fill up so much oil that she can afford to pay off her debts, keep her sons free from slavery, and live the rest of her life on what is left. She went from a state of poverty to a state of providence. Her debts were forgiven and her family was free to live on what was left. God provided exactly what she needed and more.
Fill Us Up is a painting inspired from a teaching my pastor did on “The Widow’s Oil” back in my college days. I’ll never forget him encouraging us to bring all of our pots (jars) to the Lord. He said God wanted every container, every part of us and not to hold back.
Just like my painting with jars full of water, God desires to fill us up with His living water. The widow brought all she had and could find. She was desperate for a miracle and willing to obey God. Through the prophet Elisha, God demonstrated a miracle of provision.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
The God of miracles wants to provide. He’s ready to help. Bring every pot or jar you have. Even get jars from other people if you have to. Come to the Lord in obedience and receive his blessing and provision. The story of the widow is about God providing for our needs. He loves us and wants to pour out. The question is: Are we willing to come and receive?
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” – Isaiah 55:1
You’re welcome Dustin. God bless you as you seek the Rock (Jesus) and stand on Him, your firm foundation!
Awesome! Very timely and encouraging for me. Thanks Curtis!
Thank you Grace! God really does care for each one of us and that is amazing to realize!
This is a very encouraging blog, especially for someone that is grieving or experiencing trials or suffering. Very good…
Thanks Sierra! The Lord bless you!