And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:8New (NLT)
Have you ever found yourself in a place where you felt like you had nothing? That’s exactly how the widow in 2 Kings 4 felt. After her husband passed away and she was left with a mountain of debt she felt desperate. When she came to Elisha for help, his question to her was “What do you have?” And, first her response was “nothing.” Then she said “except a small jar of oil.” She probably said it in such away to illustrate to the prophet how desperate her situation was. I doubt the thought of that little jar of oil gave her any hope when compared to her need. But, that’s all God needed.
You see, no matter how desperate things may seem at the moment, when we come to God for answers He usually starts with what we have, even if what we have seems insignificant. I know there have been times in my own life when I would pray and ask Him to lead me out of a desperate situation, or at least it seemed desperate to me at the time, and He would start with what I had.
There’s a gift in you, a talent, ability, a desire, or a dream that He will start with to take you to from where you are, to where He wants you to be. The key is turning to Him and following His leading step by step. Before you know it you’ll be stepping your way right out of the place of desperation and into the place of abundance He wants you to be. How do we know He wants us to be in abundance? Because, Jesus made it “abundantly” clear in John 10:10 when He said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
I’ve recently been hearing a friend of mine repeating the phrase, “God’s not enough, He’s more than enough.” You see God doesn’t want us to just settle for less, little or desperate. As the Amplified Version states, He wants us to live the abundant life that is “to the full, till it overflows.” And, that’s exactly what the widow experienced as she followed God’s specific instructions.
Today, no matter what you may be facing, ask your Heavenly Father to lead you from where you are, to the abundant place He wants you to be. Then take the next step of faith and do exactly what He shows you to do. As you do, you’ll find yourself going from little to “more than enough” sooner than you even may think.