“1One of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant, my husband, has died. You know that your servant feared the Lord. Now the creditor is coming to take my two children as his slaves.”2 Elisha asked her, “What can I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house? ” She said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go out and borrow empty containers from all your neighbors. Do not get just a few. 4 Then go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour oil into all these containers. Set the full ones to one side.” 5 So she left. After she had shut the door behind her and her sons, they kept bringing her containers, and she kept pouring. 6 When they were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another container.” But he replied, “There aren’t any more.” Then the oil stopped. 7 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 the rest.”2 Kigns 4:1-7 CSB
I heard God say something like this to me today-
“I’ve set apart good work for you to do. Just for you. Don’t shy away or back down from doing it. “
It’s time we take inventory of where we are and then lean into where God has placed and positioned us. We are called to good and holy work and that work begins right where we are.
Friend, the work that is in your hands right now is good, often hard, and yet still holy work.
Working from home, raising kids, serving in business, a teacher, a nurse, cleaning homes, or cooking for others. No matter what is set before you, if you are reaching for Jesus then every one of your days is set apart with good works for you to do.
Are you feeling incapable? Then begin to study his word for the truth and then put to use what you do know while remaining teachable to learn more.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Then tap into your source for His strength, drawing strength from communing with Him through scriptures, worship, and yes, community with others. Ask and let people in to pray and encourage you to keep going.
Are you feeling lost? Look down and pray. Ask God to reveal what you already have in your hands. Can you start by seeking help, making that therapy appointment, or writing that first post? Can you apply for the job or redo your resume? Can you ask a friend to lunch instead of waiting to be invited?
Second Kings chapter 4 details an account of a widow who had a great debt to repay and nothing to use to repay it. The prophet Elisha turns to her in verse 2 and asks “What do you have in your house?”
I feel like God is asking us this right now – What do you already have? Where can you steward something well today for His glory?
Take Note- She had to reach out to others and ask for help. No one just showed up giving until she expressed her need. Likewise, don’t expect people to be able to discern and read your situation. Be bold and courageous enough to ask for what you need and trust God to send the right people or situations to provide.
At the end of the day, you have good works to do family. Right where you are. You have love to give in those relationships, energy to find help, and healing to find from your trauma, gifts to discover, and seeds to plant and water for His divine increase in His timing.
You are called.
He has equipped you and will continue to lead you in the days to come.
Don’t back down.
Don’t shy away.
Go get after that mighty work.