A Determined Mother

Have you ever been in a situation where you were doing everything you were supposed to do and still experienced trouble? For you moms, you can be honoring your husband, raising your children in the ways of the Lord, attending church, praying, and reading the Bible, and still encounter chaotic circumstances. But I want to encourage you, moms and women of faith. The Bible says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers him out of them ALL” (Psalm 34:19).

Trying times does not mean you are doing something wrong. In fact, it may mean that you are doing something right. The enemy will always try to challenge your decision to please God and your family, but I believe many of you are like a certain widow woman in the Bible who refused to give up on her children.  

This certain woman was the wife of one of the prophets who served Elisha. Her husband was a good man who feared God and provided for her and their two sons. When he died, the woman was plunged into debt. Her situation was so bad that the creditors threatened to enslave her sons and make them work until the debt was paid. In those times, such barbaric action was legal.

No doubt, this woman was stressed out, but she went to the man of God, the prophet Elisha. She placed a demand on the anointing on his life. Sometimes you need somebody to come into agreement with you. “Two are better than one” (Ecclesiastes 4:9). Jesus said, “If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:19 KJV).

“‘What can I do to help you?’ Elisha asked. ‘Tell me, what do you have in the house?’ ‘Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,’ she replied” (2 Kings 4:2 NLT). The oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit. You may not have everything you want, but when you have God on your side, you have everything you need. The Bible says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). Your breakthrough is in the anointing.

So, Elisha told the woman, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors” (verse 3). Borrow?! Was Elisha serious? The woman was already in debt, and now he was advising her to get into further debt, but God was testing her obedience. “Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled” (verse 4).

The woman obeyed the Word of the Lord through Elisha and did as she was instructed. Taking her flask of oil, she began to pour into the first jar that her sons had collected. Imagine how foolish she must have felt as she began to empty the small bottle into the large, hollow pot. But something amazing happened. The large jar began to fill to the brim, yet the oil continued to pour. The woman must have been laughing and crying tears of joy. Her sons’ eyes were bugged out. Quickly, she filled the next pot with oil and the next. A miracle was taking place, the divine provision of God.

God is about to give you a supernatural breakthrough. He is saying to you as He did to the children of Israel, “I have heard your cry and seen your tears.” “And I am come down to deliver them” (Exodus 3:8). It is not over for you yet. It is not over for your children. God is about to turn your situation around and rescue your children. He is about to save them and bring them into his kingdom.

Soon every container was full to the brim…” (verse 6). I love that; she filled those jars to the brim. This reminds me of the miracle at the wedding of Cana. When Jesus turned the water into wine, he commanded the servants to fill the empty pots with water. And the Bible says they filled them to the brim. That is faith in action, obedience to the tenth power.

So, the jars were full to the brim. “‘Bring me another jar,’ she said to one of her sons. ‘There aren’t any more!’ he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing” (verse 6). Rejoicing, she told Elisha what had happened, and he told her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over” (verse 7). Not only did God meet all her needs, but he also gave her a divine surplus.
God is about to put some of you into business. He is about to bring you all the way out like he did for this determined mother. This mother knew how to get God’s attention. She knew how to tap into the anointing of the Holy Spirit and obey the Word of the Lord. God rewarded her faith and gave her a supernatural miracle of provision. He rescued her children and house and gave her enough left over to live off the rest.

Do I have a mother reading this that will dare to believe God? Your situation may seem hopeless. The bills may be piling towards the ceiling, or your kids may be acting out of character. But refuse to give up. Dig your heels in and stand on the promises of God until he comes through for you. Continue to cry out to him until you receive your answer. God is not ignoring your prayers; he is listening to you. He has heard your cry and seen your tears, and he will deliver you.  

God bless,
Pastors Sean and Aimee Pinder

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