2So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” (2 Kings 4:1-8)


By anyone’s evaluation except God’s, this poor widow’s resources were woefully inadequate to meet her needs. Her tiny bit of oil was worth only a pittance, certainly not enough to get her out of debt and the impending slavery of her children. Reason would say her situation was hopeless, but Jesus said, “With God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).

The widow knew she had this oil. She’s the one who told Elisha about it. No doubt, she had taken a complete inventory of all her assets and had dismissed them as insufficient to meet the need. But little is much when God is in it! She had failed to factor into her equation what God could do with what she had. The man of God opened her eyes to the possibility of what God could do, and she acted in faith. In the end, she not only met her present need but had enough left over to live off of the rest of her life.

Like this widow, we often fail to see the potential of what God has given us. We look at ourselves and what we have only in human terms. We fail to factor in the power of God and His love for us. With His blessing, a few fish and a couple of pieces of bread can feed thousands. But first, we must take that step of faith and use what little we have as He instructs us.

This woman’s oil didn’t multiply until she had borrowed the vessels and began to pour out what she had. She prepared for increase and then began to give. As she gave of what she had, the power of God multiplied it back to her abundantly.

Everyone has something. What do you have today? It may seem too small to do any good, but give what you have to God in faith and watch it grow.