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Testing Our Faith

"One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, "My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves."
"What can I do to help you?" Elisha asked. "Tell me, what do you have in the house?"
"Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil," she replied. And Elisha said, "Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled."
2 Kings 4:1-4 (NLT)

DURING the days of Elisha, a widow woman came into dire need.
Her husband, a student in the prophets' school, had died. The widow was left with a large debt she could not pay. When the creditors were about to take her two sons for slaves to pay the debt, she appealed to Elisha for help.

His answer is in verse 3.
He told her to borrow a number of empty vessels. After she got them, they were filled with oil from her flask through a miracle by Elisha. Then she sold the oil and got out of debt.

Elisha's orders, given in our verse, to borrow the vessels gave her a real test of faith which comes to all of us. We see the test in the precept to borrow, the place to borrow, and the plenty to borrow.

Precept to borrow. "Go, borrow."
This command did not seem to make sense, for her problem was borrowing. But the command was to borrow vessels.

God's commands often go against our reasoning and circumstances. But that tests our faith to see if we have faith in the Word of God or in our reasoning and circumstances.
Faith must rise above our reasoning and circumstances if it is going to do us any good.

Place to borrow. "From all thy neighbors."
Neighbors can be nosy. They would ask this widow many questions as to why she wanted all these vessels. Her answer would likely be scorned and laughed at. This would be a real test of her faith.

Was her faith strong enough to survive ridicule?
Many will not do as God says for fear that people will mock and laugh at them. But if our faith is to help us, we must trust God's Word regardless of what other people say or think.

Plenty to borrow. "Not a few."
It would be a test to borrow, another test to borrow from her neighbors, but still another test to borrow a great number of vessels.

Little faith would want to borrow just a few vessels from a few neighbors and then run home before they got inquisitive. But great faith will do all that is commanded.

Great faith will go all the way with the Lord. Great faith will not hold back. Great faith will be totally committed to Him.

adapted from Sermonettes 3 by John Butler.


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