September 8, 2017
From broken Bread To poured Out wine.
Topic: Tired of Running Out
Earlier this evening I went to Lowes to pick up a door stopper. While I was there, I saw some antibacterial liquid soap. I hadn’t planned on buying any, but I knew that all three of my containers were out in my bathrooms. After I got home, I went to the restroom. And while there washing my hands, I told myself: “I hate running out of things.” That thought reminded me of something my mother told me. She said that my dad hated running out of things too like, laundry detergent, toilet paper, butter, or basically the staples that you would ordinarily have around your hours. I laughed at myself, because I mused, “I am no different from my dad in that respect. Unfortunately, I don’t always follow my instincts and resupply things before they run out.
Well, being the preacher that I am, and I make no excuse for it; that little scenario reminded me of the widow woman in 2 Kings Chapter 4. She had run into some hard luck. Her husband had died and she and her sons. The two sons were getting ready to be snatched up and taken as payment for her debts. This woman was married to a devout man of God. The woman made her way to the man of God, the Prophet, Elisha. Listen to what is recorded in the text.
2 Kings Chapter 4:1-7 “Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.
3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.6
And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.
7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children off the rest.:
Many of you have come to a point in your life when you are tired of running out! You’ve run out of money, food, family, opportunities, influence, patience, love, joy, peace and happiness. However, in this season, God wants to fill your barns to overflow. He wants to give you a net breaking experience. He wants to dry up the drought in your desert place. The Lord wants to multiply your little lunch box and give you an exceeding, abundantly, above all that you can ask or think.
This widow woman went to Elisha. She was known to him because she was one of the wives of the sons of the prophets. Her husband had a good name and a good reputation. He was a holy man and a good steward. Sometimes all you have is a good name and reputation. To be a widow in those days was almost like signing your own death warrant. So she seeks advice from Elisha. He asked her what she had in her house that potentially could assist in the redemption of her sons. She said, I ohly have a little bit of oil. Then he instructs her to go and borrow some empty vessels. She did not argue with him. She went from neighbor to neighbor borrowing these empty vessels.
Many of us would have let our pride keep us from obtaining a breakthough, a miracle. We have to learn that we have to participate in our own deliverance. God is not going to do everything. People may help, but they cannot be relied on to deliver the whole entire miracle.
When she gets back home, Elisha tells her to close the door, pull the blinds down, don’t get on the telephone, do not get on Facebook, Snapchat, or Periscope, just keep your mouth closed. You have to follow instructions saints. People will want to know what your every move is. You cannot tell people your business. Joseph told his dreams and we know what happened to him. Keep Quiet, keep it on the low!
Elisha told her to pour out into the empty vessels when she got home. Every time one is filled, set it aside. She did exactly what the man of God told her. She poured and poured and poured, until there were no more vessels left. After she filled the last vessel, the Bible says, “The oil stayed.” It ran out. The job was complete, the miracle had been wrought!!! Elisha said to her, “Go and sell the oil, pay your creditors and live happily ever after you and your sons. Hallelujah!!!
My mother told me as a little girl, “A closed hand can not receive anything,” I try to live my life that by that statement and others found in the “Good Book. “To those that give, much more will be given to them.” “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
I believe we are living in a season a time when God is going to recompense, give back, return in abundance, those things that you have sown/given to God and to others. Get ready to receive your rewards. I am not talking about when you get to heaven; I am talking about right here on earth.
I believe I am coming into a place in my life when I will not run out of han dsoap, toilet paper, food, good friends, money, time, favor, etc. I am getting ready for my overflow. What about you?
HAVE A BLESSED DAY AND: DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS.