Stepping Out In Faith

We all pray to God asking Him to “fix” things in our lives. But do we really want Him to do it? Do we really “trust” Him to do it? We are asking God to intervene in something we want help with, but how much “help” do we really want sometimes? Are we limiting God by our prayers - what we ask for and when we ask it?

In 2 Kings 4, Elisha visited a widow who really needed help. She needed money - and in a hurry. Elisha knew God could help her. What did Elisha tell her to do?

“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.’” (2 Kings 4:3-4)
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Elisha knew that she could sell the jars of oil and that God would provide. He told her to get as many jars as she could get - not “just a few.” She did it, and God provided.

“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.’” (2 Kings 4:5-7)
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God provided enough for her to pay her debts and have money left over!

I know you are wondering where your “jars of oil” may be right now. But that’s the thing - for us, it’s not “jars of oil.” In fact, it’s really not about us at all. God can do great things for us and through us - bigger than we have in mind. We need to step out in faith and have an open mind on what those possibilities could be.

And perhaps we might see that our goal is to be an Elisha in someone else’s life. We might be the one sent to encourage others to trust God in times of hopelessness  -- trusting Him to provide in ways that only He could design. Are you willing and available to be that person?

By Jason Grace

Jason has been a member of Immanuel for 18 years. He serves in many places, including the Deacons, iKids, and Financial Peace University. He has been married for 18 years and has two kids. He is a software engineering manager.

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