II. Kings 4:1,7
There are seasons of affliction which are common to all, but only the children of God have wonders wrought for them in such experiences.
It is on the cloudy day that the rainbow of His promise is most easily seen. “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.” (Ac.16:25).
There is always a fruitful “afterwards” to those whose souls are exercised in the day of trouble “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” (Heb.12.11).
It was while the Israelites were in the desert that they saw the glory of God’s goodness in giving them bread from Heaven and water from the stony rock “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (I.Cor.10:11).
She Confessed her Destitution “She cried, saying, The creditor is come to take my two sons to be bondsmen” (v.1). Her husband is dead, and being hopelessly in debt, her sons, who are her only hope for the future, are about to be sold.
What a sorrowful plight. Yet she honestly confesses the whole truth. Such were some of us when the law as a merciless creditor came suddenly upon us, saying, “Pay me that thou owest” (Mt.18: 23), and when we discovered that we had “nothing wherewith to pay”(Luke 7:42), that we were already “sold under sin.” Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Ps.51:5).
Being shut up to faith, what else could we do but cry unto Him who is the true Elisha, “the mighty to save ? ”
Grace will always be offered, “What shall I do for thee ? “ (v.2). Elisha, as God’s representative opened the door of faith, as it were, the door of heavenly privilege that she might ask what she will, ” If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. (Jh.14:14).
It was the offer of grace sufficient for all her need.
So poor was she that she had nothing in the house “save a pot of oil. But poverty is no obstacle in the
presence of Almighty grace and fullness “What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.” (Lk.18:41).
It is those who think that they have need of nothing who shut the Saviour outside of their lives “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” (Rev.3:17).
What shall I do for thee ? “Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it” (Ps. 81:10).
Preparation are always needed. “Go, borrow thee vessels, empty vessels, not a few” (v.3).As yet, she had no room for the great blessing God was about to give her.
We must clean the house out “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I.Thes. 5:23).
It was so with the Israelites when they made the “valley full of ditches,” “For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.” (II.Kings 3:16).
The relative value of each vessel to her was according to its capacity for receiving. This is also God’s manner of dealing with His vessels of grace, (II.Cor.12.10).
Our Faith will be Rewarded, “She poured out, and the vessels were filled” (v.5, 6).
It was a great crisis in this woman’s life when she “shut the door upon her and her sons, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
When we have made up out mind to “shut the door” and definitely prove God, there will surely be a marvellous outpouring of the oil of the Holy Spirit “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place...”And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Ac.2:4).
She could not make the oil, any more than we can manufacture the saving grace of God, but she trust God for every empty vessel was filled. “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man… For to one is given by the Spirit, the gifts of faith… healing… miracles…divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:” (I.Cor.12:7) and so on.
At times our blessing may be Hindered, “There was not a vessel more; and the oil stayed” (v.6).
As long as there was an empty vessel, and faith to use the gift of God, there was no lack. His grace was made sufficient, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (II.Cor.!2:9).
We are never straitened in God, but always in ourselves, when the flow of His blessing is stayed.
The blessings of His grace, although in Him there is infinite fullness, yet are they too precious to be poured out and spilt where there is not the empty vessel of a needy heart.“I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” (Ps. 81:10).
Grace is given to meet real need (II.Cor.12:9).
Deliverance is Accomplished Divine power, “Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt” (v.7). Having received the gift of God, she is able now to meet all the claims of the creditor. She and her sons were saved by grace.
The claims of a broken law can only be fully met by us through the infinite grace of God brought to us, by Jesus Christ; by that love of God which is shed abroad in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, which is the “fulfilling of the law of God.”
If these sons were asked how they were saved from bondage, they could truely say, by the “gift of God,” And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Ac.10:45)…. ” Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?” (Ac.11:17).