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Saturday, October 1, 2011

10/2/11- Provision of God

1 Now the wife of a member of the company of prophets cried to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant feared the LORD, but a creditor has come to take my two children as slaves." 2 Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?" She answered, "Your servant has nothing in the house, except a jar of oil." 3 He said, "Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not just a few. 4 Then go in, and shut the door behind you and your children, and start pouring into all these vessels; when each is full, set it aside." 5 So she left him and shut the door behind her and her children; they kept bringing vessels to her, and she kept pouring. 6 When the vessels were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel." But he said to her, "There are no more." Then the oil stopped flowing. 7 She came and told the man of God, and he said, "Go sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your children can live on the rest." (2 Kings 4:1-7)

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew 14:17-21)
(Widow's Oil- Liuken Caspar 1712)

Thoughts: Elijah and Elisha lived in tough times.  Not just a recession or even a depression, but a famine, a drought, and invading armies carrying food and labor away.  God showed his ability to provide and care for those who trust in Him- this widow and these 5,000+ who had come out to hear Jesus preach.  God the Maker of all things is able to multiply or re-create to provide for His people.  Both stories are similar, and call for us to trust in God's provision. 

Prayer: Lord, you are "Jehovah Jirah"- "The Lord our Provider."  You are worthy of that title and of our trust.  Help me to trust in you today.

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