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 little oil.” ~ II Kings 4:2
READING: II Kings 4:1-7
I love the comment in the Maxwell Study Bible regarding the story of this poor widow who came to Elisha for help: “There is something about ‘nothing’ that moves God’s hand. He loves leading us to empty places where we can lean only upon His provision.”
Typically, a new church begins with nothing but a God-given vision. There are no people. There is no money. There is no building. There is just the leader and the vision. The lack of resources forces the leader to become completely dependent upon God for everything. As a result, the miracles begin. The people are gathered. The money comes. The facility is provided. The church is born and grows.
Then, too often, like the widow who filled all her jars, the leader looks around and sees the resources and becomes dependent upon them. The miracles stop. The “dunamis,” the dynamic power of God, is quenched.
God loves it when we are completely dependent upon Him for everything. Adopting this attitude prepares the way for miracles. Countless times, because of this dependence . . . this faith . . . this trust in God, I have seen Him perform miracles in my own life and the lives of many other leaders. No matter how many resources we have, we must be completely dependent upon GOD to provide.
What do you need? Are you completely dependent upon God to provide it? Have you told him in prayer? Are you continuing to pray in faith that He will provide it?
If you are . . . watch out . . . miracles are soon to follow!
Father, Help me to remember how miraculously You provide whenever I am totally dependent on You, and help me continually to rely on You alone. Amen.
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