Unnamed Widow in the Bible

In 2 Kings 4:1-7 is a story of a lady who had just lost her husband and had two sons. She had no money to pay off her debts. Her heart was broken because her provider and protector had died. She was going through emotional pain as well as facing financial problems. The people she owed the debt to were coming to take her sons as payment for her debt. She didn’t know what to do or where to go. Her only choice was the man of God, Elisha. His response was, “What do you want me to do?” He asked her, “What do you have in your home?” The only thing she had was one pot of oil. We don’t know how big or small it was, or if it was full, half-full, or close to empty. She had one pot of oil. Elisha told her and her sons to do a strange thing. “Go and borrow empty pots, vessels, or containers from your neighbors.” How many? Elisha told them, “not a few.” Did she obey and go? Did she just go to her closest friends? Did she only get a pot or two? What would you do? What would you tell your friends when they asked what you were doing? Questions may come to your mind without answers. She obeyed and borrowed many pots and vessels. They went into their house and closed the door. She began to pour the oil from her jar into the other pots. The oil continued to flow until every pot was filled. God’s blessings were overflowing for her, and they will be for us too. She saw God provide exceedingly, abundantly beyond what she thought was possible. He provided for her and her sons because she obeyed the prophet of God. God is interested in helping us. He wants to provide and protect us every day. Sometimes He asks us to do things we don’t understand. The important thing is for us to trust and obey Him. He delights in doing the impossible for us. Whatever trial or test you are facing today, as the unnamed widow, go to Him with your empty hands and an open heart to be filled. Trust God!

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