I am sure if I asked you, “is there anything you have that you need more of,” you would say “yes.” For some it may be more money, time, health, family, education, food, or even peace. But, we all have a little bit of something that we think we need more of to make our life a lot easier. Maybe at this point in your life, you feel that if you just had a little more money you could get by, if you just had a little more time to invest in your kids they wouldn’t be so rebellious, if you just had a Master’s instead of a Bachelor’s degree you would have your dream job, or If you just had a little more energy you could get up and go to church on Sundays. If only you had a little bit more, huh? I find it rather interesting that we ask for more, yet when we get more, it still doesn’t seem to be enough. Remember when you worked a job where you only made half of what you are making now, and you still were able to live off of it? Now, you might be making double, but you think that you need a little bit more. I believe the problem is not with the amount of something we have, but rather with our lack of faith to be not only content, but to feel safeguarded with what we have.
Our little bits with God can fill up many jars of oil. If you read 2 Kings: 4, you learn that a widow came to the prophet Elisha seeking counsel. Her husband, who revered the Lord, died, and then the creditors wanted to take her two sons, and make them their slaves. Elisha asked her how he could help her, and he also asked what she had in her house. It’s important that we do not miss this vital point: he asked her what she had in her house. In other words, he wanted to see what she had that she could rely upon. What in her house could God have used to help her get out of her situation? And I ask you today, what do you have in your hands that God can use to help you get out of your situation?
She told the prophet that she only had a small jar of olive oil. From 2 Kings 4:2, “Your servant has nothing there at all, she said, ‘except a small jar of olive oil’.” This teaches us not to despise or downplay anything that you may have, no matter how small or little it may seem to you. If you have something, the Lord gave it to you for a reason. The prophet then told her in verse 3, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.” I believe the reason he told her to go around and ask her neighbors for empty jars was to activate her faith. She only had a small jar of oil, but then, she had to go around asking for empty jars? For what reason? You see, sometimes when we act on faith it will not make sense to others, or even to ourselves. The neighbors knew she was a poor window. They were probably wondering why she needed those empty jars. God will always ask us to act on our faith. James 2:17 says “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” After she acted on faith, he told her to start filling the jars with the small jar of oil she had. She poured the oil into every jar, until the last one was filled. The Bible says, “Then the oil stopped flowing” (2 Kings 4:6). It doesn’t say how many jars she filled, but there were many. She filled many jars from one small jar. She filled them with the only thing she had in her house – her little bit.
2 Kings 4:7 declares, “She went and told the man of God, and he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debt. You and your sons can live on what is left.’” Do you realize what happened there? After she acted on faith and went to a man of God seeking a response from the Lord, her little bit not only paid her debt, but also provided some for herself. God can multiply our little bits and get us out of whatever situation we are in. You may think you do not have enough of something, but if you ask God to bless and work with what you already do have, you will see God multiply it. Our biggest mistake is complaining about what we don’t have, and not praying over what we do have. Pray that God multiplies your strength, your health, your finances, your time, or whatever you think that you lack at this time. Before you ask God for what you want, thank God for what you have.
The Bible says in Psalms 37:25, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Let’s be grateful for our little bits today. Please join me:
Father, I pray that all of us who read this today may understand that your head is powerful to multiply many things that may seem little in our own heads. Father, may you multiply my little bits to bless others. We thank you for what we do have, and because of that, we choose to be happy and content. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.