Now the wife of a member of the company of prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but a creditor has come to take my two children as slaves.” 2Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” She answered, “Your servant has nothing in the house, except a jar of oil.” 3He said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not just a few. 4Then go in, and shut the door behind you and your children, and start pouring into all these vessels; when each is full, set it aside.” 5So she left him and shut the door behind her and her children; they kept bringing vessels to her, and she kept pouring. 6When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” But he said to her, “There are no more.” Then the oil stopped flowing. 7She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your children can live on the rest.” (2 Kings 4:1-7, NRSV)
Have you ever been in need of something and you didn’t know how it was going to work? I remember a friend of mine talking about paying his tuition for seminary one semester. He didn’t have the funds and it was due and he wasn’t sure how to handle it. He went to the financial aid office in terror of what would happen and what they would say because the payment needed to be made but there was no way he could make it. As he started to speak, the person asked if he had checked his mailbox that day yet, he said no and she replied, “go check your mail.” Upon checking his mail there was a note stating his bill had been paid. The person who paid it didn’t want to be known, but that is the way God works.
I remember my first semester at seminary we had an 18 month old and a 1 month old at Christmas and not many funds for presents. But there was a knock on our door one morning and when I opened the door there was a huge wheeled rubber made container full fo presents, and not just for our girls, but for my wife, and me and eve for our dog. We still don’t know who gave us this stuff but that is how God works. When we need it, God has it there.
God will always provide for us.