2 Kings 4:6 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.
Over the years I’ve heard several good men preach on 2 Kings 4:1-7. Some have likened the oil to the presence of the Holy Spirit. Others say the oil represents the grace of God being poured out, and as long as there is an open vessel to fill, God’s grace continues to pour. One man viewed the closed door behind which the miracle took place as showing that God’s blessing are for the faithful in God’s family. Many have said the number of vessels borrowed, show the measure of her faith. Surmising if she had collected more vessels, the oil would have continued to flow. It very well may have. However what I see in this passage is that when the vessels collected were full, it stopped. Not a drop more, not a drop less than what she needed.
When looking at the story again, we see that what she asked for was her debt to be paid to rescue her sons from serving out the debt as bondsmen. That’s all she wanted. Yet God gave her more than her heart desired. 2 Kings 4:7 says; “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 of the rest.” This says God supplied enough oil to pay the debt and free her sons as she asked. Also, He supplied enough for the family to live on after that. Any more oil may have made them prideful, any less may have put them back in debt very soon. The oil stopped when God said it was enough.
What more could she ask for? God met the immediate need she had, and blessed far beyond. To want more pots and more oil was unnecessary. God knows what we need, and often blesses us with more.
Could some of our desires be wants, and not needs?
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