Widow's Oil, Part 1
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves." 2 Kings 4:1 NIV
Can you say desperation? This lady had stress in her life! She knew what it meant to be “bummed out!” She understood frustration! She knew how it felt to have the walls cave in around her! Ever been there?
By the time this lady reaches the prophet Elisha, she is already at the breaking point. The Scripture says she "cried out" to Elisha. To me, this indicates her emotional state was fragile. Her husband was dead. In those days he would have certainly been the family's financial provider. He must have had some debt, and now the people he owed were coming to her, looking for payment. Her only possessions of value were her two sons, and the creditors were going to take them and sell them as slaves to pay the debt. In a man-ruled society, she was at their mercy. She was without hope.
Ever been to the end of your rope, hanging on for dear life? It wasn’t that this was a family of sinners. We are told that the dead husband and father “revered the Lord.” This is more than just knowledge about the Lord. This meant he honored and obeyed him with his life. So, without sin, there was no apparent reason for the trials this lady was undergoing. It was simply life, doing as life does! But, it is at times like this, when we recognize even for the greatest Christian people, life sometimes hurts.
Are you going through one of those times? Can you identify with the widow? We will find answers from the God who never changes, which will help us through our trials of life! Until then, know this: the story ends well! If you are trusting in Jesus, then your story will end well too!