In 2 Kings 4:1-7, a man from the company of the prophets died, and left behind a wife, two boys, and a huge debt. Before long, his creditors came after his sons, because of his debt, which remained unsettled. For that reason, his wife sought help from God, through Prophet Elisha. She narrated her ordeal to him, and on his advice, she borrowed a lot of vessels from her neighbors, and poured the little oil she had in them. It later increased in quantity miraculously!
After she had concluded this chore, and after there were no more vessels left to be filled, the flow of oil stopped. It was at that point she updated the man of God with her experience, and He advised her to sell the oil in the vessels, pay off her debt, and live on the remaining money with her sons. That was how God delivered that family, from the condition of GLOOM to BOOM!
We can deduce many points from the account above. But, because of the constraints of time and space, we shall consider only the following here.
1. It is profitable to fear God
The deceased Prophet feared God, and his wife held on tenaciously to this salient point while seeking help from God, through Prophet Elisha. Several people in the bible also feared God at various times, and in return, He delivered them from threats to their lives. Examples of such people are, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Job, Jephthah, Joseph, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego.
Because the deceased feared God, He pitied his family, and delivered his sons from being enslaved by his creditors. Thus confirming what is written in Psalm 103:13, that is: “As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear him’’. Therefore, if you want God to pity you too from now on, then you need to fear Him!
And if you fear God, He will direct your ways, assist you to dwell in prosperity, and make your descendants mighty on earth (Psalm 112:2). Besides, He will show compassion on your children (Psalm 103:11-18), and take pleasure in your affairs (Psalm 147:11). Furthermore, you will experience His goodness and protection (Psalm 31:19-20), and He will make you knowledgeable (Proverbs 1:7, 9:10).
2. We should always seek help from the right person
The woman did not engage in self-help, neither did she ask just anybody to help her. Instead, she sort help from God, through Prophet Elisha. She knew it was only Him who could save her, and He did. Thus confirming Psalm 10:13, which says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’’. Most people, traditions, systems, organizations, governments, etc. will fail us when we need them most, but God will never fail us (Deuteronomy 31:6)! Please, seek help from Him today, and He will save you as well, in Jesus name. Amen.
3. We should never underestimate what we have
When the woman was asked what she had in her house, she said “nothing but a jar of oil’’. She underestimated what she had! Meanwhile, what she had was enough for God to deliver her family from debt, and her sons from slavery. This is a huge lesson for us! We should never underestimate what we have, especially as they come from above (1 Corinthians 4:7).
Moreover, God is still in the business of using those things we sometimes regard as foolish, weak, infinitesimal, unsophisticated, unexciting, etc. to demonstrate His clout. Apostle Paul corroborated this view in 1 Corinthians 1:27 in this way: “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty’’.
Please do not underestimate what you have; your talents, potentials, characteristics, educational and professional accomplishments, resources, health, ability, contacts, business, ministry etc. Value them, be humble by them too, and God will lift you up in the process of time (Psalm 147:6), in Jesus name. Amen.
4. We should obey God all the time
Prophet Elisha directed the woman to borrow as many jars as she could find, close the door after her children and herself, fill the jars with oil, and then sell them. She obeyed these instructions from top to bottom, because she knew they were from God. As a consequence, she became appreciably well-off, she paid off her family debt, and her children were delivered from servitude. The sequence of events, which took place in their lives, confirms what is written in Isaiah 1:19, i.e.: “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land’’. The woman was willing and obedient, and she ate the good of her land. If you are willing and obedient, you too will eat the good of your land, and you will prosper in it, in Jesus name. Amen.
Friend, if you give consideration to all the points above, especially if you are experiencing any difficulty at the moment, then God will bail you out sooner or later. Remember it is only Him who can turn ugly situations around for the better (Luke 1:37)! He can heal the sick, give succor to the broken hearted, set the captive free, give children to the barren women, mend ruined businesses, elevate wobbly ministries, etc.
It is also only Him who can give identity to the nonentities, hope to the hopeless, voice to the voiceless, and power to the powerless. He is adept at turning conditions of Gloom to Boom, and He is willing to turn yours around too, if you allow Him, and you will never be disappointed in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies