Sunday Morning Podcast Sept 2, 2018. Bro. Ricky Dukes.
TEXT: 2 KINGS 4:1-5
1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.
3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.
The needed “lesson” here, also applies to us now. A lesson with admonishment, encouragement, etc., how God wants to help increase our faith for Him to help us. This is a unique story where Elijah is talking about a “lady in crisis.” These life events brought this woman to a severe painful crisis. We need to take this story personally what this woman was experiencing, to learn from it. She had lost so much with the love of her life, spouse and companion. You can’t understand unless you have experienced the same level of loss emotionally, of sustenance, and of stability everyday. She was no longer young. A change had taken place with her aging, her diminished strength, physically, and with emotional loss. The death of her husband had brought the loss of her income and and financial security. She also suffered physical pain due to her lack of everyday food and needs. The stress must have been tremendous with the threat of losing even her children to pay for her debts. In those days there were no government advocates for the needy as there are in some cases today. These were very severely hard times! Life happens. And of course sometimes painful and calamitous times of crisis comes to us all. When young, you may have what you think of as a crisis, but a crisis is really more acutely learned with the aging of your life. This lady had had all she needed to live at her best, …yet she inherited this crisis! She had cried out to Elisha at her end, and was at her breaking point without a breakthrough! It’s probable that she had questioned, “Why God?” You can doubt that things are supposed to happen this way from God, because you don’t understand the destruction all around you, regardless of having been faithful. You keep/kept your testimony regardless of the devastation. A crisis that will sometimes have rocked your world, to see the suffering of those closest to your heart. A crisis that will have recovery or death. A crisis you didn’t realize could hit you with such devastation. For their extreme pain is also yours.
A crisis will often bring you to a crossroad. A crisis will often put multitudes into the valley of decision. We all will at sometime find ourselves here. Obviously from being under pressure. You won’t find a crisis on a “map atlas.” But you will find it, …as a When?” For it’s time will come! God put it in each to want to make decisions. You must then be aware of your responsibility. Whether young or older though, you need to let God lead. No matter your age, never disregard godly counsel. So many decisions, at so many levels of our life. It’s okay to ask God “Why?” We are all going to reach that crossroad to choose. 7 “For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice, 8 harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:” Psalms 95 Never get so independent that you don’t hear the voice of counsel and wisdom in your crisis. How are you doing?
A Lady In Crisis….