THE JAR OF OIL 2Kings 4:1-7

V1 “A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves”. To me, this is one of the saddest documentaries in the bible, someone who should be a custodian of the mysteries of the kingdom of God, dying in debts! Mark 4:11 “And He said to them, to you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables”. Sadly, the case is the same with many men of God today and they are doing many ungodly things to make ends meet. Apostle Paul said, “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need” Philippians 4:12. He learnt contentment, something most people don’t want to learn today.

When the woman approached Elisha, he asked what she had, she said nothing except a jar of oil. It was enough for the prophet to use to bring an end to her misery. The Oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit in the bible. The reason why many are in lack is that they are not putting the Holy Spirit in them to use. They have so monopolized the Holy Spirit and reserved Him to an enclosure in their lives. The moment the woman began to pour the oil, it continued to multiply until there was no more container. When you continue to pour out of the Spirit of God in you into people’s lives, He will continue to multiply and solve diverse problems. But the moment you don’t have anybody to reach out to, He stops too.

There are inherent gifts in many people that it is only the Holy Spirit that can bring it out for them, but sadly they are not allowing Him. There are things in the hands or heart of people that they don’t value much, but it can establish them forever just as that jar of oil saved that woman’s family. Whatever it is, it is only the Spirit of God that can help you exhibit them to the world. Call upon Him today to help you and be ready to allow Him to use you to reach other people too.


Prayer point: 1) Father Lord, stir up every gift lying dormant in me in Jesus’ name.

2) Father Lord, use me to reach out to lost souls in Jesus’ name.