14th May 2014

The Widow’s Plight 

“Your widows, too, will be able to depend on me for help.”
Jeremiah 49:11 (NLT)

The widow was distraught. Her husband had died. She was now in serious debt and the creditor had threatened to take her two sons as slaves if she didn’t pay up. She knew she wouldn’t survive without her sons because, once old enough, they would be her bread winners and future support. In her anguish she turned to the prophet Elisha and pleaded for help. 

2 Kings 4:1-7 explains: “One day the widow of one of Elisha’s prophets came to Elisha and cried out to him, ‘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 neighbours. 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.’ So she did as she was told. Her sons brought many jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim! ‘Bring me another jar,’ she said to one of her sons. ‘There aren’t any more!’ he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, ‘Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.’” 

Through Elisha, God helped the widow. He performed a miracle by filling all the jars that the widow had collected, with olive oil from the small amount she already had in the house, but she also had to help herself by borrowing the containers and selling the olive oil afterwards. God knew that she had the ability to do that part for herself. As a widow in debt she had lost control of her life. God turned that situation around for her and gave her the opportunity to become a small business woman and support herself and her sons. 

God is always there to support the widows. He’s also there to support and encourage all those who turn to Him for help. 

Thank you, Eternal God, that you will always help us with the things we can’t do for ourselves and, as a loving Father, you will also find ways of helping us to help ourselves. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Diana Hall


UrnAbout the Author:
Diana Hall attends the Southampton Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Southampton
Tauntons College
Hill Lane
SO15 5RL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Noon
Email:  peter_noon@wcg.org.uk

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