Sacred Spaces 329 – The Widow’s Olive Oil

Sacred Spaces 329 – The Widow’s Olive Oil
24 April 2012


i) Please support my awesome friend’s lovely daughter Kelcy-Lee in a local newspaper’s beauty contest.
If you are on FB please follow this link: Voting for Kelcy-Lee Masters and like this picture.  Thanks!

ii) My friend, Charmaine is part of this new ministry called: Talitha Koum Ministries
If you are on FB please go to this page: Talitha Koum Ministries and click like and read up about this ministry: Their Mission:

To reach out to and to encourage rehabilitation to victims of Prostitution & Human Trafficking in the Johannesburg area


I love discovering new things /seeing new things.  And, right here behind my laptop, I spotted someone’s FB status… it had this verse below:
I have never come across this story before.  Wow!  So much truth and inspiration in it; let’s take a look:

2 Kings 4: 1 – 7 – The Widow’s Olive Oil

“The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbours for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

Firstly, just without my “blabbing” how does this passage make you feel?  I mean is something stirred in your heart?


The lady (widow) actually didn’t: “have nothing”… It’s about perspective: She actually DID have a small jar of oil.  (If only she knew, like we do, what came later in the life of Jesus: a little boy offered Him 2 fish and 5 loaves and He fed five thousand people?)

Elisha instructs this woman to do a “task of faith.”

She had to go fetch EMPTY jars.  What was the point of that?  Those empty jars would not provide anything for her and her two boys?
It’s about perspective.  From her finite view, that task seemed redundant.

Yet as we read that task was CRUCIAL!

She didn’t question Elisha.  She just trusted him.  (He was representing God.)

As she poured the “remaining oil” … remember the seemingly ‘nothing’ that she had?  She ended up filling all the jars and not having enough jars to contain this abundance.

Then Elisha commanded.  Now sell the bottles.  Pay off your debts.
God rescues!  He really does.  And He doesn’t have just one method.

You know what, this “empty jars” encounter (miracle) may never happen again in this world.  God is super creative.  He can reach and help all of us, in any way He chooses.

Life is about perspective.

–       You may have only a little oil left: ask yourself, is it really the end?
–       She had to fetch “empty jars:” ask yourself, what “empty jars” do you need to fetch in your life?
Yes, often we have to ACT.  Take a step of faith.
–       The thing God requires of you to do may seem odd, or unrelated: again ask yourself, could today’s
“fetching empty jars” actually be about “selling oil” at a later stage.
–       The widow could not SEE the whole picture.  But she trusted.  Acted in faith: neither can we see the
WHOLE picture.

From God’s perspective, our lives look a whole lot different.
We tend to be LAZY in our thoughts and ideas of God.

We INCORRECTLY think so often:

–       That God is NOT doing something in the world
–       He is just sitting in heaven, watching
–       Or that He is NOT involved…

All of that is nonsense!!!
God is on the move.  God is ever creating and acting and saving and restoring.
So trust in those truths of God.

Now go fetch some empty jars…


Stirring this coffee
This moment You see;
And moments that still have not come
How large is your view
Teach me more perspective
You see things very differently
Help me trust


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