A Little Oil In The Hands Of An Omnipotent God

Grace For The Journey


6June The Bible says in 2 Kings 4:2, “The woman said to Elisha, ‘Your servant has nothing at all, except a small jar of olive oil.’”

In our Bible passage for today’s blog, a woman has suffered the loss of her husband, and now a creditor is coming to take away her two boys as slaves.  In desperation, she cries out to the prophet Elisha, who asks how he could help.  When she told him she had only a little oil, he instructed her to go and ask her neighbors for empty jars (“Don’t ask for just a few,” Elisha cautioned) and to pour what oil she had into the jars.  The woman kept pouring and pouring and pouring . . . until there were no empty jars left.  Immediately, the oil stopped flowing.  Elisha then told the woman to sell the jars of oil, pay her debts, and assured her that she and her sons could live on what was left.

The biblical principle is clear,

And it should be a source

Of great encouragement to you,

Regardless of where this message finds you:

A little in the hands of our Lord is a lot!

Here we see that a little oil in the hands of our omnipotent God become more than enough for this widow and her two sons . . . and the same is true for me and you today.

As I read through the Scriptures,

It never ceases to amaze me

Just how incredible our God

Truly is in meeting us in

Our deepest places of need.

From manna from heaven to water from a rock, our omnipotent God sustained the children of Israel in the wilderness for 40 years.  Two loaves and five fish in the hands of our omnipotent Lord fed more than 5,000 people, with twelve baskets of leftovers!

The poor widow could not see her abundance, yet it was all around her, and the same can be said of us today.

Our God is not impotent;

He is not incapable

Of meeting our needs.

In fact, He has promised

To meet every single one

of our needs (Matthew 6:33),

And there is no power

In this universe

That can hold back His hand.

But we must remember that He will meet our needs in His time and in His way.

We need only to trust His heart,

Even when we cannot trace His hand.

When we find ourselves in lack,

We must remember that the lack

Is never with our God,

For He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10).

God owns everything (Psalm 50:12),

And has promised to give to us

Everything we need

When we need it.

The key to living in “times of need and times of abundance,” as the Bible says in Philippians 4:12, is to take our eyes off our circumstances and fix them on our Savior.

Oh, to have the spiritual eyes to see

God’s storehouse of infinite supply!

Then, we would not shrink back from any storm wind that blows our way.  In fact, we would do everything within our power to “rest in His hands,” knowing that our God is in the gale with us, growing us into the person He is calling us to be.

There is no such thing as scarcity with our Savior.  There is no such thing as lack with our Lord. We simply need to fix our eyes on things above, and our omnipotent God will take care of all things below, r


ight up until that day He calls us home.

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”


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