How Can This Be Done?


Now the wife of a member of the company of prophets[a] 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.” 2 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.” 3 He said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not just a few. 4 Then go in, and shut the door behind you and your children, and start pouring into all these vessels; when each is full, set it aside.” 5 So she left him and shut the door behind her and her children; they kept bringing vessels to her, and she kept pouring. 6 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. 7 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 4:1-7, NRSV) 

Today I am reminded of what life is, sometimes in life terrible things happen. We lose people that are close to us and we experience all kinds of hurts in this life. As I was reminded of this truth I read something in my Wesley Study Bible. It’s one of the Life Application Topic in the notes of the bible and it reads:

Speaking for God

So many strong words, so many miraculous acts leave one dizzy with wonder. Elisha demonstrates the connection between what he knows and what he can do. Would that our words could lead to such wonders also. We probably have more confidence in our thoughts than in any kind of wondrous deeds. Yet, to fail to trust what God can do in even the mundane places through the most ordinary people is to deny possibility. We may not be Elisha, but we are agents through whom God’s truth and power can be revealed or impeded.

Today I had coffee with one of my youth and as we were talking about this passage today she said something to me that really resonated with me. You have to put your faith in God. I am constantly amazed by what I learn from the youth in the youth ministries that I am blessed to lead. We all have circumstances in our lives that would cause us to doubt where we are, what we are doing we all have a moment where we choose to put our faith in God or not.

What we see in these story today is what happens when you put your faith in God. Liberation happens, Redemption happens, and yet in these moments we wonder how can this be done?

So, today no matter where you are, what you are doing, remember always what Jesus said.

Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12, NRSV)

You are a vessel in which God’s truth flows or is impeded.



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