“According to your faith will it be done to you.” Matthew 9.29b
Tonight our pastor used the following text for his sermon:
2 Kings 4.1-7: The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
He started the sermon by asking me to bring my Bible up front to the podium. This is not normal. 🙂 I guess he knew I would be a good sport. He asked me what my Bible was worth to me…if I would give it up or sell it. My Bible is priceless to me! So, of course I said no. 🙂 He then asked me if I would give him $20. I said I don’t have $20. He proceeded to ask me for my Bible. I hesitated at first…but then gave I gave it to him. To my surprise, he opened it and there was a $20 bill inside. His point was that there is a hidden treasure in all of us and that some situations may be more than meets the eye. (Mike placed the money in my Bible while I wasn’t looking.)
His title was “Discovering the Hidden Treasure!” He used the above scripture to show that the widow had a hidden treasure in her home that was sacred and significant. It was a jar with overflowing blessings. She tapped into the blessings and/or hidden treasure with FAITH! She knew she needed a miracle. As Brother Alan said tonight, “miracles begin in the hands of obedient people.” She put her faith in action and believed as Matthew 9.28-29 stated.
As I listened to the message and thought about what is going on in our lives right now, I could not help but think of the Run with Trish 5k for Team Hoyt on Saturday. The widow lady was distraught. She was forsaken. But she was faithful in it all. I am not distraught or forsaken…I am blessed. 🙂 But, I am at the point of anxiety and worry because I am human. 🙂 I have been trying to let go and let God have it. With that being said, I keep pulling it back down and trying to do it myself! Tonight is just what I needed to hear. “Do I believe HE is able to do this?” Yes, I do!
He has prepared a way for Saturday. He knows whether not it will snow. He knows who will come out and run in the cold. He knows HIS glory will be shown because He knows who will be working the race and shining for HIM. He knows we have been obedient to Him and want HIM to be glorified!! We are to have FAITH and have our jars open and ready for an overflowing blessings on March 2nd. I will be bringing my jar and placing it at pavilion #3 on Saturday. Will you join me? 🙂
If you are local, I hope to see you there! If you are not, we would love your prayers. A race report will come soon! 🙂