Today’s Scripture: 2 Kings 4:1-7
The Bible contains thousands of questions asked by hundreds of different individuals. While we need to keep the questions within the context of scripture, it’s beneficial if we can also make the question(s) personal. This week we will focus on what Elisha asked widow—Tell me, what do you have in your house?
The woman mentioned in the 2 Kings story was more than a little stressed out. Her husband, who was in debt, had died and left her to face the creditors. In those days, if a person couldn’t pay what was owed, his children could be taken as slaves to work off the debt. This widow had two sons, and she wasn’t about to see them forced to pay what their deceased father owed. Since her husband had been part of the school of prophets led by Elisha, she poured out her situation to him. She certainly went to the right person. Elisha’s name means “God is my salvation.” Although she didn’t specifically ask for help, Elisha immediately responded, “How can I help you?” And “Tell me, what do you have in your house?
That sounds like God our Salvation, doesn’t it? Except He knows our needs before we even ask, and He’s ready to step into the middle of our serious circumstances.
This week, let’s challenge ourselves by responding to Elisha’s question—What do you have in your house? We might discover something that meets a need we’ve had for a long time.
- What stresses you? How quickly do you turn to “God your salvation” before you take things into your own hands?