And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me: what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” . . . When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” . . . and [Elisha] said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.” 2 Kings 4:2-4,6a,7b

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Often we feel that we aren’t enough. Other times, we feel that we don’t have enough? How can I continue with this little money? How could I serve God when I have such little ability?

When we read this story, we can feel sympathy for the widow. The word says she had multiple “sons.” Have you ever felt like there was nothing to eat in the house? Imagine finding your fridge empty. You walk over to the pantry, where you find one small jar of oil. Such was this widow’s situation.

Yet at the end of the day, the woman was not worried about how she would get by. Why? It had nothing to do with a magic jar. It had nothing to do with winning the lottery, or reading a self-help book.

It was faith that got this widow through the day.

It was faith in God’s word, spoken though His prophet Elisha. Today, we also have God’s word, in the form of a book. It is full of commands that promise life. Give me life according to your word! (Psalm 119:25b)

How are you feeling inadequate today? God is likely asking you to place your trust in Him. Regardless of how little you have, God is able to sustain you, while graciously strengthening your faith.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all.