As the world prepares for Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12, I am encouraged by the story of this widow/mother recorded in 2 Kings 4:1-7: "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.” Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.” 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.” 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.” (NIV)
This widow/mother is nameless in this recording, but we do not need to know her name. What we do know is that she was a concerned mother. We know that she was a virtuous woman. Why? She did not ask one question when Elisa gave her instructions to collect empty jars. She operated in faith and so was obedient to what the prophet Elisa told her to do. She gathered those jars and filled them with oil. She sold the jars of oil, and because of her obedience and faith, she was able to pay the debts. God rewards us for faithfulness. We see that not only she was able to pay her debts, but she enough money left to support herself and her sons. Glory to God!
To that single mother, to the widow with children .... walk in faith and not by sight. Be obedient to the Word of God. Faithfulness and obedience to shall bring reward. You see, God shall provide ALL your needs according to his riches in glory! When things look and seem gloom, do not dismay. God will pour oil into your empty jars!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Therese from Belize