He Does Have An Answer
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.” – 2 Kings 4:1-7
He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. – Psalm 121:3
There are times when I wonder if God sits in Heaven and just looks down and shakes His head. Similar to what we saw when the disciples walked with Jesus, and seemed to miss so very many of His cues. The New Testament stories of shocked disciples who couldn’t imagine how Jesus could possibly get himself, or them out of this one fills all 4 books of the Gospel, so what have we learned about God in the midst of these teachings. God has an interesting way of meeting the needs of His people. In times of famine, in times of distress, and in times of need, He is faithful!
In this Old Testament story, we see a widow whose husband served God. She is in a perilous condition and a difficult place. Many of us who love and count on God have often found ourselves in the same place, I am sure. We don’t know how things are going to get better, we don’t see how God is going to come to our rescue, but He will. We may even find ourselves broken, busted and disgusted, but none of that matters because God is faithful. If history has taught us nothing else, it has taught us that God is faithful. It maybe the final second and the final hour of the game, but God will show up on time. Even though our fears and the problems we face may look large and in charge, they are not.
These last few weeks, as a nation we have faced some incredible uncertainties and hardships. Our security has been shaken, and our faith may have been challenged, yet God knows and answers the cries of His children, and He answers them in the way He sees fit and with the timing that at times only makes sense to Him. Hang in there with your faith, trust and believe today will be a better day. Know that just as He met the needs of this widow, He can meet your needs, as well. Pray for the strength to stand and believe that you can as you lean on Him. Remember that God doesn’t let your foot stumble, He sees everything and loves you even when you doubt.