Of Empty Jars And Empty Hopes ?>

Of Empty Jars And Empty Hopes

Here’s a powerful insight my wife, Ava had recently. She would like to share this to you in today’s issue. Hope you are encouraged, blessed and ready to move in God’s power.

For the past twelve months, life has been a little tough for me and my husband.  Our backs are hardly pressed against all walls, not knowing where else to go and what steps to take. Like a mother having birth pains, time seems to run so slow, with a little pain here and a little cramp there.

But after reading  the story, “The Widow’s Oil,” in 2 Kings chapter 4 in the Bible, my view of what’s happening has changed.

1 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 neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.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. 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.”

old jarThe small jar of oil represents the very little hope we have at times when all the things we hoped to see happen never come to pass.

It also represents our small faith that seemingly can’t move a tiny hill at times when we need to move hundreds of huge mountains.

The empty jars, on the other hand, represent our seemingly empty requests and petitions. They also represent the “nothingness” of the lives we live because of the frustrations and disappointments that seem to last forever.

But when these “small jar of oil” and “empty jars” are submitted to God, who may seem silent, but who is actually listening to every request, every cry and every plea, these “empty jars” are then filled with both material and immaterial wealth we could never imagine.

These “empty jars” when given to God in full trust of His character – His goodness and power, become conduits of blessings beyond our imagination.

The only question is, when God says “Give me your small jar of oil and re-gather all your empty jars, and ask for more,” will we give Him?  Do we trust Him enough to STILL give Him our pleas and prayers day in and day out, regardless of our circumstance?

Let’s not stop asking, believing and giving Him our “empty jars,” but let’s see how He turns a very small measure of “oil” into an overflow that drowns our past failures, disappointments and frustrations.

See Him turn our desperate situation into one of the greatest miracles that could ever astound us.

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