I Heart The God Who Cares (Sermon One: The Widow's Oil)

Today we begin a new series, "The God Who Cares." If you have friends and family, bring them these next several weeks as I talk about this great and wonderful God of ours, Who cares so much about each of us. 

Text: II Kings 4:1-7 (MSG)

One day the wife of a man from the guild of prophets called out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead. You well know what a good man he was, devoted to God. And now the man to whom he was in debt is on his way to collect by taking my two children as slaves.”

2 Elisha said, “I wonder how I can be of help. Tell me, what do you have in your house?”

“Nothing,” she said. “Well, I do have a little oil.”

3-4 “Here’s what you do,” said Elisha. “Go up and down the street and borrow jugs and bowls from all your neighbors. And not just a few—all you can get. Then come home and lock the door behind you, you and your sons. Pour oil into each container; when each is full, set it aside.”

5-6 She did what he said. She locked the door behind her and her sons; as they brought the containers to her, she filled them. When all the jugs and bowls were full, she said to one of her sons, “Another jug, please.”

He said, “That’s it. There are no more jugs.”

Then the oil stopped.

7 She went and told the story to the man of God. He said, “Go sell the oil and make good on your debts. Live, both you and your sons, on what’s left.”

Most of us here, most - not all, have never been to such a painful place. No food. No money. No spouse. And about to lose our children. Yet, we have all experienced difficult and painful moments. It's painful when you are:

  • Struggling to pay bills
  • Constantly telling your children "no" when they ask for new clothes, shoes, or other needs and wants.
  • Struggling in a relationship, and the two of you are growing further apart. 
  • Trying to help your children who are in rebellion, or addicted to drugs.
  • Betrayed by a friend.

And that barely scratches the surface. But just know, when you are down to your last drop of oil and hopelessness about your future, there is a God Who cares!

Key Points:

1. God cares about you - He really does.

2. Give God what you have left.