Let us consider the incident in II Kings 4:1 for this sermon.
The prophet had received debts from various others in the country. To lead a life that involves over-spending is a sin in God’s eyes. Such a lifestyle will spoil the happiness and peace given by God. He was a prophet and he revered God. But still he died without returning the debts; as a result his family was in great trouble.
She asked for help from the Lord (in the right place)
His wife chose to go to Elisha to ask for help. She took the right decision. She sought help in the right place. This is an important point to note.
We shall not accept help from anyone and from any place. We should always depend on the Lord and seek help from Him (alone). Every person in this world has numerous problems. But what makes us different from worldly people is that we seek help and solution from the Lord.
If we seek help from the wrong person, we will only add to the problems that will result in additional trouble. A good example of this is Naomi.
Mark 5:25,26 – The doctors, her wealth and her treatments over 12 years did not do her any good. Her condition only grew worse instead. However, as given in Psalms 120:1 we should call upon our Lord in distress so that He answers our prayers.
In Jacob 1:17 we read that everything that is good and perfect comes down only from our Father of heavenly lights. Hence we have to seek for help by lifting up our eyes to the hills where we can get help from the Lord (Psalms 121:1).
She told the truth as it is
II Kings 4:2 When Elisha asked her how he can help, she told what she had as such. She did not lie or she did not create a fake appearance as if she had any riches.
Lying will create various other serious problems as well. Ex. as we read in Acts 5:7 Sapphira said “Yes that is the price”. She lied to the apostles and hence tested the Spirit of the Lord.
As the Lord says in Matt. 5:37, our yes should be yes and no should be no, simple. Anything that comes beyond this comes from the evil one.
She did just as the Lord told her
II Kings 4:3-5 – We should neither miss anything nor add anything to what the Lord has told us. We should not do only what is favorable to us and neglect the other things. Nor should we add anything extra so that the whole thing becomes favorable to us. We should do exactly what the Lord tells us.
John 9:6, 7 – The Lord healed various others via various methods. For some, He just told the words, for some He touched them, for the woman with bleeding – she just touched His clothes to get healed. But for this blind man, Jesus followed a different method, which, according to us would feel nasty.
But when the blind man just let the Lord to heal him and he also obeyed the Lord and went to the pond to get himself washed.
We should not be like Martha and interfere with Lord’s plan and said that there will be odor since it had been 4 days. But Martha was only delaying the occurrence of the miracle and stood in Lord’s way.
She maintained good relationship with neighbors (so that she can borrow empty jars)
Jacob 3: 17 – The wisdom that comes from heaven is full of peace, loving, considerate, submissive and full of mercy. Hence we should be submissive, and adjust, forgive and be considerate with our neighbors.
As told in Roman 2: 8 if we are self-seeking and follow the evil there will be God’s wrath and anger upon us. We should make good effort to live in peace with all men (Hebrews 12:14).
We should prioritize
II Kings 4:7 – When she went to Elisha, he told her to settle the debt first and then to live with what is left. When God gives a chance we should use it to overcome our problems first. We should give priority to be freed from our problems when God gives a helping hand.
For instance, if God gives us enough money to settle our debts, we should not change our mind when we receive the money. We should not over-spend with the help (money) we got from the Lord. We should first use it for the purpose it was given and then use what is left to lead a peaceful life.