Title: God Knows and Gives Us All We Need
Text: 2 Kings 4:1-7
(Elisha was Elijah’s student, and he continued to serve as God’s messenger to the people after Elijah was taken to heaven by God.)
One day the wife of a man from the guild of prophets called out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead. You well know what a good man he was, devoted to God. And now the man to whom he was in debt is on his way to collect by taking my two children as slaves.”
Elisha said, “I wonder how I can be of help. Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Nothing,” she said. “Well, I do have a little oil.”
“Here’s what you do,” said Elisha. “Go up and down the street and borrow jugs and bowls from all your neighbors. And not just a few—all you can get. Then come home and lock the door behind you, you and your sons. Pour oil into each container; when each is full, set it aside.”
She did what he said. She locked the door behind her and her sons; as they brought the containers to her, she filled them. When all the jugs and bowls were full, she said to one of her sons, “Another jug, please.”
He said, “That’s it. There are no more jugs.” Then the oil stopped.
She went and told the story to the man of God.
He said, “Go sell the oil and make good on your debts. Live, both you and your sons, on what’s left.”
Truth: It is so easy for us to focus upon God providing the oil into the jugs until the jugs ran out. However, I would suggest, did God already know how many jugs were available? Could God provide the jugs to the same degree He provided the oil? God gives us “all” we need. Our responsibility as we grow up is to trust in God’s promise to provide “all” we need. No matter how old we are there is nothing God needs from us but our obedience.
Thoughts: Here is a story about God’s love for each of us, His children. God knows everything about our lives, and He certainly knows all our needs as we go through life. There are children in this setting who are helpless because of the debts that the family faced and they risked being taken as slaves to pay off the debt their father left the family with when he died. The mother appealed to Elisha the prophet as God’s representative; the whole family was told what to do; and everyone did their part. The result: they found all the jugs that were available to be found and all were filled by God. The money they earned from selling the oil paid all their debts and provided extra money for them to live on.
It is very important for all of us, young or old, to know and believe – God knows and gives us all we need! The family was blessed by obeying and trusting that God would provide all their needs. God provided not just the oil, but also all the jugs for the oil. In your life, your family may need something other than oil, but trust God knows what your family needs. Trust your mother and father are praying and seeking God to help your family handle whatever it needs. Maybe your family has concerns such as a new job for mom or dad, a home situation, a car repair or even a new car, health problems in the family, or having the money to do special things for the family. It is just as important that your mother and father trust that God knows and gives all you need, and that you and your brothers and sisters learn to trust God will take care of you too!
The first “jug” you need to bring to God is your “heart”. God will fill it with His love so you will always know He cares for you, no matter what is happening in your life. I pray your family trusts God first with filling every heart with His love, and is obedient as God brings you through whatever challenges you and your family may face in days ahead…