Enough, and Some to Share

By: Steve Negley

Posted: March 13, 2023

Category: Daily Devotional

2 Kings 4:1-7

Now the wife of a member of the company of prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but a creditor has come to take my two children as slaves.” Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” She answered, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” He said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels—and not just a few. Then go in, shut the door behind you and your children, and start pouring into all these vessels; when each is full, set it aside.” So she left him and shut the door behind her and her children; they kept bringing vessels to her, and she kept pouring. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” But he said to her, “There are no more.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your children can live on the rest.”

2 Kings 4:42-44

42 A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.” 43 But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred people?” So he repeated, “Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the Lord: They shall eat and have some left.” 44 He set it before them; they ate and had some left, according to the word of the Lord.

In the stories of the prophet Elisha, we find a couple of items that become limitless when offered to God. A widow had a jar of oil, and a mountain of debts. Then, at the instruction of the prophet Elisha (God’s mouthpiece) she started pouring and blessings flowed. And then a man came bringing a single sack of food (the first fruits offering to God’s representative), and when Elisha claimed this would feed 100 hungry people, it did.

So we have something in our possession that might be used to be a blessing to us and the people around us?

Look and see.


God, let me take stock of what I have at my disposal, and see how I might use it to help my children or a hundred strangers. I offer this to your use. Amen.