2 Kings 4:1-7


"Now the wife of a member of the company of prophets cried to Elisha, ‘Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but a creditor has come to take my two children as slaves.' Elisha said to her, ‘What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?’ She answered, ‘Your servant has nothing in the house, except a jar of oil.’ He said, ‘Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbours, empty vessels and not just a few. Then go in, and shut the door behind you and your children, and start pouring into all these vessels; when each is full, set it aside.’ So she left him and shut the door behind her and her children; they kept bringing vessels to her, and she kept pouring. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, ‘Bring me another vessel.’ But he said to her, ‘There are no more.’ Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your children can live on the rest’" (2 Kings 4:1-7).


I think this is one of the greatest abundance lessons in scripture. The widow could see only lack, and that was her experience. The prophet urged her to start by appreciating the jar of oil she did have, and then to allow vessels of all kinds to receive and shape the abundance. So it is for us. We start by appreciating the divine abundance that is always available to us. Then we create the vessels—ideas about how that abundance will express in our lives. And when we're out of ideas, the flow stops, until we need it to express again. So it's about appreciating our good, and creating ideas for expressing it in our lives.


Rev. Ed