Wednesday, May 15, 2013

2013 May 15 - Morning Manna

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest. (2 Kings 4:1-7)

Today's Morsel: Oil can serve many purposes. We use oil for cooking. We use oil for lubrication. We put oil in our car to reduce friction. You may not think that oil is important in your car until you see smoke coming from your exhaust pipe, or you hear metal beating against metal. Or that little red light comes on in your car dash board which says, "Check your engine oil." Most engine oils starts to breakdown between 3-5 K miles. This is why auto companies request that you change your oil every 3-4 K miles. But it all depends on the type oil you us, too.
When the woman's sons in our scripture were about to be take for payment, she went to Elisha for help. He asked her what she had in her house. She said that all she had was a pot of oil. To her, it wasn't much, just a pot of oil. I'm sure she was thinking within herself, "What does that have to do with what I need to deliver my sons?" You see, God's ways are not our ways. The same way Elijah had told the woman that God said the barrel of meal would not waste neither the cruse of oil fail until God sent rain upon the earth, he wanted this woman to know that her little pot of oil would meet her need. But it required that she put her faith in action. And so he told her to go get as many vessels as she could find, go into her house and start pouring. She stepped out on her faith and she did what the man of God told her to do and she was able to meet her requirements to deliver her sons and to live. Do you step out on faith when the man of God tells you something to do to meet your need, or do you try to figure out another way? James said that faith without works is dead.

Sing: I'll say yes, Lord, yes, to Your will and to Your way, I'll say, yes, Lord yes, I will trust You and obey; when Your Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I'll agree, and my answer will be yes, Lord, yes.

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