The Prophets’ Widow – (Part 1)

Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 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.
2 Kings 4:3-4


This story is very simple, yet very significant. But, apart from the widows or people in debts don’t normally relate to this story. It’s recently when I read this passage and I feel like the Holy Spirit flooding a different perspective to this story.

This desperate widow who is a believer of Yahweh, goes to Elisha and tells him about her miserable condition. She even highlights to him, that this cannot happen to someone who fears the Lord. Her anxiety was valid; because those days the creditors would take your children to be slaves if the debt was not cleared. Already carrying the pain of being a widow, she couldn’t imagine losing her sons also to such a painful fate.

So Elisha assures her that the Lord will definitely do something. Then, He asks her, “What do you have?”

What do you have my friend? This widow, all that she had was a jar of oil. And in her state of intense debt, Elisha asks her to do something that she doesn’t want to do. “GO, BORROW EMPTY JARS”

“Are you out of your mind prophet? I am already loaded with debts, and do you think to such a person anyone would lend anything; even if it’s empty?” Thank God, she never asked any of these questions even if it ever crossed her mind. She radically obeyed, and definitely was amazed when people lend her those empty jars.

What if you were told to do something of this sort?

“Go talk to ‘that’ person.

Be nice to your boss even if he deserves a snap.

Can you greet her, even though she ignored you deliberately?

Can you not slander even when you have enough evidences?

Go, do what I do for you everyday.

Stop thinking what someone else is going to think about you.

Go, stop devaluing yourself and overcome this.

Go, and overcome evil with good.

Go, and submit to your leader when the differences are huge.

Go, back to that house where Penninah is provoking you to torture.

Let go off that disrespect, those negative statements, those intentional and questionable actions against you…..”

Yes, the cringe is real, tangible and even aching your ego and reputation. But, God said it, and through radical obedience there is nothing that is going to stay as a huge mountain.

If we could show such obedience towards what God wants from us; there is a shift that happens from our dreadful, debt-loaded and miserable situations.

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