There are hundreds of stories in the Bible that talk about divine provision or intervention in times of difficulty. The story of the poor widow in the book of 2 Kings 4 is one such. This poor widow receives divine help in a time of grave necessity.
In this story, we see, Prophet Elisha helping a poor widow, in a divine manner. Of course, we all know this story very well, but I think we could still learn something important from it and that is what I am going to discuss here.
1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear Jehovah: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two children to be bondmen. (2Kings, 4, 1)
Here, we see a widow in distress because of her creditor. The situation is so grave that; the creditor is coming to take her two sons, on whom she depends, as slaves. Majority of the contemporary Christians may not go through a situation as serious as this. The story is happening in a society that didn’t have any modern legal systems like we have today. In our times, there are so many ways to deal with an issue like this. But unfortunately, those days, if the creditor wanted to take your children or possessions away, nothing you could do to stop him from doing so.
I think, her creditor might have been harassing her for the money for a long time and finally he threatened her with the above consequence. She is really in distress, she might have already tried all possible ways to find a solution, she might have even requested her neighbors or community leaders for help, but, no one was compassionate enough to help her.
Saints, those days or these days, human beings are the same; the human heart is the same, it won’t melt easily, no matter what they hear or see. However, she does not give up hope on finding a solution. let us see what she did next.
She goes to prophet Elisha, the servant of the LORD Almighty. Tells him about her critical situation and also she let him know that: she was the widow of a very God-fearing man, someone who lived a righteous life before the LORD Almighty. Fortunately, as soon as he hears the story, he decides to help her in a divine manner. And what happens next? Please read below:
2 And Elisha said unto her, what shall I do for thee? tell me; what hast thou in the house? And she said, thy handmaid hath not anything in the house, save a pot of oil. 3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
4 And thou shalt go in, and shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and pour out into all those vessels; and thou shalt set aside that which is full. 5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons; they brought the vessels to her, and she poured out.
6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, there is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy sons of the rest. (2Kings 4, 2-7)
So, finally when all other sources of help in this widow’s life exhausted, The LORD intervenes and the widow really get divine help that was more than enough to meet not only her present needs but also her future needs.
Of course, the widow and her two sons did go through a real crisis before the divine blessing started flowing into their lives. Likewise, we too might go through a crisis before the divine help appears on the horizon. Sometimes, The LORD even waits until all our worldly sources of help are fully exhausted. This is one of the divine ways of dealing with man, but, the divine ways will not sap our energy but will fill us with more energy.
Here, an important point we need to understand is: this widow’s husband led a blameless life, so, The LORD definitely wanted to send divine provision for them and that is the reason why HE sent Prophet Elisha to that family. Not only that, when the provision arrived, it was so abundant that the widow could not only pay the creditor but also could live rest of her life without any hardship. This is how God chooses to bless His people.
Well, now let us analyze this widow’s way of handling the crisis; What can we learn from it?
First, she never gave up hope, even after all known sources of help exhausted.
Second, when she saw the man of God, she did not hesitate to cry out to him for help as she believed that, Prophet Elisha could help her, because, he was the servant of the Almighty God.
Third, she was very optimistic. She knew, since her husband lived a righteous life before the LORD Almighty, the prophet would definitely help her.
Beloved, this is the way we too should respond when a crisis knocks on our door.
We should run to the LORD and HIS servants (I mean the True Servants of The LORD Almighty) before seeking help from any other source.
Dear Saints, when we go through a crisis; we should not give up hope and utter negative words on that situation, instead, we should dig deep into the word of GOD and see what the saints described in the scriptures did when they went through similar situations; there is no better example than King David; read his psalms and you will get deeper understanding of most of the critical situations in his life and how he dealt with them.
Beloved, please remember, we don’t need to save money in the bank for our children and grandchildren, the best bank balance will be the one that is recorded in heaven in the form of your blameless life. If you live a life that is not pleasing to the LORD, no matter how much money you save in the bank for your kids, they may not live a prosperous life. see what the following verse says:
A righteous man that walketh in his integrity,Blessed are his children after him. (Proverbs – 20,7)
So, if you want The LORD Almighty to bless your children and grandchildren, you need to live a blameless life before God. You need to live in obedience to HIS commandments. Remember, Money or wealth can’t bless us unless The LORD gives them.
One of my friends always say ” What we need is The LORD and not money” If we have the LORD on our side, we have everything.
May the LORD Almighty strengthen you to lead a blameless life before Him. Amen