Feb. 4, 2016

The Turnaround - Part 2

The Widow Who Was Deep In Debt - 2 Kings 4: 1-7

How many of us can relate to that? This debt was large and the widow woman had no visible means of paying it. Overwhelming debt can be very stifling. It can cause people to just freeze. It can have a crippling effect. When you don't see a way out, where do you turn?

This woman turned to the man of God. This world's system does not operate in our favor. It is designed to get people owing, and keep them owing their entire lives. Whatever the issue, God has a solution. It generally involves making some major changes in how we view money, changes in spending habits and changes in saving habits. God has the answer and it isn't the lottery! His solution requires following His instructions. Let's see what the widow did.

The Predictament - 2 Kings 4:1

Now the wife of a son of the prophets cried to Elisha. Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. But the creditor has come to take my two sons to be slaves.

The Instructions - 2 Kings 4: 2-4

Elisha said to her, What shall I do for you? Tell me, what have you [of sale value] in the house? She said, Your handmaid has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.

Then he said, Go around and borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels - and not a few.

And when you come in, shut the door upon you and your sons. Then pour out [the oil you have] into all those vessels, setting aside each one when it is full.

The Obedience - 2 Kings 4:5-6

So she went from him and shut the door upon herself and her sons, who brought to her the vessels as she poured the oil.

When the vessels were all full, she said to her son, Bring me another vessel. And he said to her, There is not a one left. Then the oil stopped multiplying.

The Debt Relief - 2 Kings 4:7

Then she came and told the man of God. He said, Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons live on the rest.

God has the answer for whatever is looming large in our lives. His way of resolving may not be comfortable and it may not be conventional - but it will be successful. The system of God's Kingdom does not involve His people living in debt. Debt is bondage and it restricts. It binds. It controls. We are to live in freedom. Here is what we can learn from the widow's experience.

1. Acknowledge our own inadequacy. She realized she had no power or wisdom to fix the problem.

2. Seek help from someone who follows the ways of God in their own life or from a reputable business. Doing things that are shady, illegal or questionable only compounds the problem.

3. Follow the instructions. It is futile to ask for help, get the information and then refuse to follow it. Some people ask for help but then decide they don't like the answer. Be prepared in your mind and in your spirit to obey wisdom.

4. Don't advertise, at this point, what the Lord is doing. Shut the door. Close the door to protect your faith. If you leave the door open doubters will peek in with negative comments. Don't create an opportunity for your faith to be diluted or refuted.

5. Always be thankful and grateful for what the Lord is doing and has done in your life. The deliverance may not come in the manner that we would choose or as quickly as we would like. But obedience to the Word of God always yields positive results!

Stay tuned for Part 3. Thanks for visiting!