Soshewent

In 2 Kings 4, a widow approaches Elisha. She tells him that her husband has died and that the creditor is coming to take her sons. Elisha asks her how he can help, but follows this offer immediately with a question “what do you have in the house?” (verse 2).

[God often works this way. He’s already provided you with what you need to do His work. It’s already in your house, in your life.]

She answers that she has nothing except a jar of oil. She sees this as very little, but it is only small in her hands. It is great when offered back to God. Elisha tells her to borrow as many empty containers as she can find, to go home, to shut the door behind her and her boys, and to pour oil in all these containers.

[God often works this way. He’s given you what you need to pour out into those around you, but you need to go find them. Our obedience enables God’s providence.]

Verse 5 is her response to Elisha’s (seemingly strange) instructions. It jumped off the page at me. Verse 5 says, quite simply: “So she went.”

So she went. These are such powerful words. They speak to our journey of faith, not our journey of sight. Pay special attention to when the miracle occurred. Her needs were not met until “she went.”

Has God directed you? Will you go? I pray that the same will be said of you when your story is told.

So you went.

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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