Sometimes we get so caught up in our own circumstances that we forget that God is in control of all things. Our flesh goes into sudden shock when a child dies or close family member. If we don’t go back to our creation source, being God. We never get out of the shock and awe, but only move with the fast current waves that can ultimately sweep us under. It can be by the sudden death of a child, spouse or family member that instantly puts our body into shock.
I am convinced that it’s how we react to the unexpected that matters. In the following we will see that the widow was overwhelmed with her husband’s sudden death and then the possibility of her sons being taken away from her too.
But when she realized she couldn’t handle it by herself. She went to the man of God Elisha to tell him of her circumstances. And when she took her problems to God, He turned a poor widow’s life around.
Because she was obedient to what he told her to do. She became the first oil woman in the world. She acted in faith and got out of debt where she prevented her sons from being sold into slavery. She was about to become a victim of time and circumstances, but God made her victorious!
11 Kings 4:1 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.”
2 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.”
3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”
5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. 6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”
And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”