When Your Situation Looks Hopeless

 2 Kings 4:1-7 

 Have you ever felt like you were at the end of your rope?

What do you do when your heart is broken, your dreams are shattered and your hopes have been splashed to pieces?

Elisha the man of God asked the woman two very important questions:

1. What do you need? 

2. What do you have?

Often God will use the trials, heartaches and burdens of life to bring us to the place where we can honestly see our need and our own inability to meet it. Think about it, as long as we think we can handle things, why should we look to the Lord? If we have all the answers, why should we turn to Him with our questions?

The question: “What hast thou in the house?” was designed to teach this widow that it may not have looked like she had much, but in reality, she already had everything she needed to obtain what she wanted. She couldn’t see it, but God had already given her the very thing He would use to meet her need. Her answer to Elisha is to tell him that all she has is “a little oil”. That little insignificant bottle of oil would be the answer to her prayers.

What we fail to realize is that God has already given us everything we need to get our need met. That widow said that the only thing of value she had was a little oil. Yet you and I have so much more than a mere pot of oil.

Let us pause and think about it. If you are saved, you are a child of God He has promised to hear your prayers, Jer. 33:3. He has promised to answer your prayers, Matt. 7:7-11. He has promised to meet all your needs, Phil. 4:19; Matt. 6:25-34.

We look at our problems and they look so large. We look at our possessions and they seem so small. Yet, we always fail to factor God into the equation. So, He places us in situations where our faith in Him must be expanded.

The widow is told to go to all her neighbours and borrow all the empty vessels that she can get her hands on. That is a strange command. How do you suppose she explained this to her neighbours? Can’t imagine what the neighbours thought when they saw her collecting the pots and pans. Maybe they thought she had lost her mind as she went door to door collecting those vessels. But what a witness it would have been when the Lord met her need. God used her as a living sermon to her neighbours.

He does the same thing in your life and mine. We talk about how we love the Lord and it is just words until the Lord sends us into the valleys of life. When we are there and He comes through for us in a big way, it speaks volumes to those who are watching us. The widow obeyed the Lord; she borrowed the vessels and trusted God to do what He had promised to do. The widow and her sons learned that God was all-powerful and able to meet every need.

One of the lessons we can learn from this is that God will do exactly what He has promised to do. Elisha promised that the Lord would fill the vessels, in verse 4 of the chapter and He did.

 He will keep all of His promises to you too. Not a single word in a single promise will fall to the ground unfulfilled. God will do everything He had promised to do. His people will see Him come through for them time after time.

We read about Daniel’s experience in Daniel 6. The experience of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel 3. The widow of Zarephath experience, 1 Kings 18 and the feeding of the 5,000 with the loaves and fishes, St. John 6

You never know who the Lord is using your life to speak to. Let Him have His way in you. You are a work in progress. Your life is a commercial advertising the grace, blessing and power of God to a lost world Eph. 2:10; 2 Cor. 3:1-3.)

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I am Fay Ann, and it is pretty simple. I am a firm believer in God and a Christian blogger who loves writing. My mission is to encourage others to continue living for Christ and remain faithful, focus and fervent. I know God loves me and he also loves you because you are His child; and his nature is to love His children. I am here to declare God’s praises to those who don’t know him so they can find his marvellous light and leave their world of darkness. It is also my desire to become a channel of inspiration and hope to other people especially women who are struggling. I also have the passion to inspire young people to live their life with a purpose for the Lord. I have learned that what milk is to a baby’s body, the word of God is to the soul. It is the food that fuels healthy spiritual growth and just like your mother used to tell you, if you want to grow you need to eat. I feel strongly that these daily reminders of God’s word and presence in our lives is key to maintaining a Godly perspective as we begin each day; and pray that you will be inspired and blessed by the daily devotionals and are passing them along to family and friends. My favourite activities include reading, writing and spending time with great friends and family. I love to share the best thing in my life, the gospel. Let’s be stronger together. You can subscribe below to receive free grace-filled devotionals for your encouragement. God Bless you richly. Shalom.

3 thoughts on “When Your Situation Looks Hopeless”

  1. Dis Wonderful message is 2 let us knw dat we shld see evrytin arnd us as useful kos God’s ways ar not our own ways. He brings out something from nothing. God bless Ʊ Ann.


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