A Widows Faith
Our pastor preached out of this text yesterday morning and it blessed my heart. Here is the outline of a sermon I preached from the same text from 2 Kings 4:1-7 at a church in West Texas.
1 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves."
2 So Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?" And she said, "Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil."
3 Then he said, "Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors--empty vessels; do not gather just a few.
4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones."
5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.
6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel." And he said to her, "There is not another vessel." So the oil ceased.
7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest."
The widow's husband was a preacher and he died leaving the family in debt. The creditor had come knocking on her door for "payment in full". Of course the Poor widow was desolate and had no money nor anyway to make money. Well, maybe she could scratch out a living with her two son's to help but the creditor was there to collect and according to the law, she had to give her son's up to the creditor. They would be the creditor’s slaves until the debt was paid. She goes to Elisha, the man of God for help and she gets that help in a very strange way. This story is more about the faith of the woman than the miracle itself. Look at what her faith was in.
1. HER FAITH WAS IN THE WORD OF GOD.
The widow lady heard the Word of God from the Prophet Elisha. She never questioned God's Word, but in faith, acted upon and obeyed the exact word she had received.
So why is it so hard for us to just believe what God has said and act upon it? Seems pretty simple, believe it and do it! When I look at what this poor desperate widow heard and what she did, I have to say, Lord, increase my faith!
We never read that she ever wavered in what she was told to do. No wonder God took her story of faith and put it in His eternal word. She did exactly what she was told to do without wavering and was blessed.
2. HER FAITH WAS IN THE WORK OF GOD.
The widow lady knew that if she was going to get out of the jam she was in, it would take a miracle, the work of God. She wasn't depending on the vessels, she wasn't depending on the Prophet, and she wasn't depending on her neighbors but the Work of God.
I don't know about you but I am a miracle. God has worked a miracle in my life. Only God can take a dead man and put life into him and that is exactly what God has done for every Born Again Child of God! My faith is not in the church, the pastor, the denomination or how i feel but only in the Work of God. My faith is in His work upon the Cross! Amen!
I have no confidence in myself but I do believe that God is working in me. Let me paraphrase Phil. 2:13, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him." I am one hundred per cent sure that I am going to heaven when this life is over and It's because my faith is in the work of God! And by the way, He's still working on me!
3. HER FAITH WAS IN THE WAY OF GOD.
Elisha, you have to be crazy! What is a bunch of empty vessels going to do to help me out of my poverty? Why don't you just speak the word and let it be done? This is not going to work, there has to be another way. Once again, she never wavered at doing it Gods way. In Isaiah 55:8 God said, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord".
His ways may seem a little strange to us but they have been tried and proven over the centuries. God's way of salvation may seem strange to some but it's the only way. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh to the Father but by me."
The Widow Lady had faith in God's Word, Work and Way. How about you, are you living by faith? "Without faith it is impossible to please God." If you have never trusted Christ as your Savior, why not do it today?