“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, ESV.
“When everything reminds you of what you’ve lost, I will remind you of what you’ve found in Me. You’ve found My way, My truth and My life. That alone will give you hope when you feel hopeless. I wake you morning by morning because I have a purpose for your life. Look to Me and you will find the comfort that you need. Learn of Me and you’ll find rest for your soul. I will never leave you alone, no, never. I am the lifter up of your head. I am your way in the wilderness. I am your safety in the storm. Yes, I am your guide. I comfort all who mourn, and give them beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning. I am lifting the spirit of heaviness from you now, and I am giving you a garment of praise. Receive what I am giving you. I am commanding My peace and I am commanding My joy for you. I am wiping your tears away and strengthening you from the inside. Open your eyes My child and see My great love that surpasses all knowledge. I will do exceeding abundantly above all you can ask or think. Just when you thought your life was over because of what you lost, I will show you, no, your life is just beginning! Your latter will be greater! I am turning your bitter waters into sweet because I care deeply for you and I love you with an everlasting love. You are the object of My affection and I am Your Comforter. Says the Spirit of the Lord.”
(Read Isaiah 61:1-3; John 14:6; Matthew 11:29; Exodus 15:25)
“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 children of the rest.” 2 Kings 4:7
When Elisha’s servant died, his widow came to Elisha. Her late husband’s creditor was coming after her, and since she didn’t have any money, they were threatening to take her two children to be slaves. So Elisha asked her what did she have in the house. She told him all she had was a jar of oil. Elisha then instructed her to go and borrow many empty vessels from her neighbors, and she and her children was to go home, close the door behind them, and pour into all the empty vessels. Well, miraculously God took her one jar of oil and multiplied it until all of the jars were full, and the oil stopped flowing! Then Elisha told her to do something I believe we all need to hear. He said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”
Tax season has arrived and many are getting large lump sums of money. It would be wise to do the same thing Elisha told the widow woman. No matter how real the temptation may be, don’t waste the money God provides for you.
The widow woman came to Elisha with a need, and God provided the resources to meet her need, and enough to care for her and her children. You may have come to God with a pressing need. God is faithful to provide and will meet your every need, but it’s up to you to use what He provides for the very thing you prayed for.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for speaking directly to my heart. Help me to be a woman of honor and integrity. Help me to make wise choices when it comes to large lump sums of money you give me. Direct me Holy Spirit. Help me resist temptations to waste opportunities that come my way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read 2 Kings 4:1-7)