Once again we will look at the prophet Elisha from 2 Kings 4:1-7. He was such a cool dude going around the country seeing people in need, then asking them to have faith that miracles will happen. Here we see a mother who has lost her two sons into slavery because of debts she has suffered as a result of her husband dying. Then Elisha pops up and asks how he can help and particularly asking what the widow had in the house. She replies “Your servant has nothing there at all, except a little oil.” This is what we will be focusing on today that one little word called except. That little bit of oil may have been inconsequential to the widow, but to God it would be an exceptional exception.
As we follow the story we see that Elisha asks the widow to go to her neighbours and ask for a large quantity of jars. She was then told to pour the oil into the jars and then the miracle happened as every jar was filled until there were no jars left. The widow was now in a position to sell the olive oil to pay off her debts.
There is so much in this scripture to help us. Asking for God’s help when we are in trouble, working with God to overcome the problems we face and receiving help from family members. God never wants us to do life on our own. However let us now look at that little word called except. The widow could only focus on what she didn’t have. Elisha on the other hand, was only interested in her exception. It was her exception that became the vessel for a miracle.
We often excuse ourselves from the miraculous because we often believe that we don’t have a lot to work with or offer to God to work with. Maybe it’s a lack of so called skills, lack of resources or lack of certain experience. Whatever the reason, what we don’t often realise is that we always have so much more than we think for the power of God to flow through our lives. We must remember that God has a history of using what little we have to do great things only He can do.
God used a shepherd’s staff to part the Red Sea
He used five loaves and two fish to feed the five thousand
One of the greatest strategies of the enemy is to get us to focus on what you don’t have, what we used to have, or what someone else has. Instead what we must always ask is, “God, what can you do through what I have?”
Here is the truth that we all need to embrace today. All God needs to work miracles in your life is all you have. A God who created something out of nothing can also create something great out of little.
God can do exceptional things with your exception.