The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha. She said, “My husband is dead. You know how much respect he had for the Lord. But he owed money to someone. And now that person is coming to take my two boys away. They will become his slaves.”
2 Kings 4:1-7
There are psychological effects of losing it all. Maybe you’ve been through it and can relate. You may have lost a car, home or have debt collectors calling non-stop and don’t know what to do. The woman in this had just lost her husband. Her husband walked with the prophet. Now she was broke. It didn’t say the woman was impoverished, but rather she was broke…when something is broke it needs to be fixed and she was looking for someone to fix her because she didn’t know how to fix herself. Her desperation was obvious. She was in debt. Back then, when someone had a debt they could not pay, they had to offer themselves or their children as slaves to work until the debt was paid off. The only thing she owned that had any value was some oil, but it was almost gone. Then she would have nothing. The woman was threatened with losing all that she had left, all that was important to her…her babies, her sons, her legacy. With nowhere else to turn, she went to Elisha, the greatest prophet.
The widow felt scared, ashamed, guilty, disappointed…but God had another plan. The significance here is that is she asked for help from the person that she knew had resources and now he was to intercede on her behalf.
She had a story, she had challenges, she wasn’t running from her situation, but rather standing present on it, not in it. It’s happening to you, but it doesn’t make you…although this situation had the ability to shift her whole being…you ever had that feeling…going through a situation that you knew was going to change your life either for good or bad as we think about it, but everything that our God does is for our own good, even if we don’t understand it at the time.
•Don’t be ashamed about your situation – but rather do something to change it.
•Let people know you need help – have a decreeing spirit to know who you can trust
•Don’t wallow in self pity, it was time to act
•Ask yourself what do you have in your house
•Step away from your situation to see it clearly – Sometimes we’re too close to the situation and can’t see it clearly…take a step back
I equate my house to my temple, my body…where God dwells…I am the temple
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