In 2 Kings, Chapter 4 we find a widow stressed beyond imagination and grieving the fate of her two sons who are about to be sold into slavery for unpaid debts. However, God had other plans.

Following the prophet Elisha’s advice, she gathered up as many empty jars as she could, and you know what? He poured oil in exuberant amounts into the jars she had prepared, providing her enough income to pay the debts.

It is the same with the blood of Christ. Through his death on the cross, he longs to fill as many hearts as he can with love, forgiveness, and restoration. All people need to do is ask.

All too often we can find ourselves too intimidated to ask our Heavenly Father for things (within reason). We tend to stand before him with a container barely big enough to fill a shot glass with “oil.”

Hebrews 4:16 says: "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Jesus commands us to come boldly before the throne of God, unafraid to ask for help in times of need.

Let’s be like the widow and “cry out” to God in our times of distress because nothing we could ever bring to him is too small or too big. He wants to hear it all... will we let him?

Lord, grow my faith to the point that I can boldly ask for your help. Then let me be open to the way you choose to do so, even if it is not the way I expect. Fill the jar of my heart with your oil, providing what I need. Amen.

Go Deeper — Do you trust God to provide? Answer honestly. If not, what do you think you could do to change your perspective?

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