She was a recently widowed minister’s wife. The sudden turn of events had overwhelmed the family financially.
Their creditors began to swirl around like vultures ready to pounce. The custom of the day was that the children of the debtor could be taken as bondsmen (working not for wages but to satisfy a debt, and living in slavery-like bondage). Facing this impending disaster, the widow went to the prophet for help.
”“A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, ‘Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.’ So Elisha said to her, ‘What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?’ And she said, ‘Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.’”2 Kings 4:1-2NKJV
In your life there is something hidden that God wants to uncover and unleash as a tool of breakthrough provision to you. It is found in your house. This “house” is a picture of our lives (we are the “temple” of the Holy Spirit). God always begins where we are with what we have.
Before Jesus fed the 5,000, He asked them what they did have as food. They had five loaves and two fishes. The breakthrough came when He said to feed them. God miraculously multiplied the little they had to feed a multitude, and they even had twelve basketfuls of leftovers!
2 Chronicles 4 :3-4, 7 tells us the rest of the widow’s story:
And under it was the likeness of oxen encircling it all around, ten to a cubit, all the way around the Sea. The oxen were cast in two rows, when it was cast. 4 It stood on twelve oxen: three looking toward the north, three looking toward the west, three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; the Sea was set upon them, and all their back parts pointed inward…And he made ten lampstands of gold according to their design, and set them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left.
The widow needed a miracle. She sought a word. She received a word. She acted on the word. She received her miracle.
So what’s in your house?