Is there a hunger in your spirit for the things of God?
I recall when the Word of the Lord came to Elijah. “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”
“So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. There come seasons where we must wait upon God, seek His face and He will speak and then we submit to his process as He gently leads us on to our next step.
Then comes specific times of pouring out. “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
Then there is the account of Elijah and the widow’s oil.
“Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” (2 Kings 4:1,2)
Are you perhaps holding inside you a portion that God gave you to in order to be poured back out?
Elijah asks the widow; “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”
Receiving and Releasing
There are seasons of being filled up of God. What about that little jar of oil? What is in your hand? There comes time to start pouring that out. There is a river. Rivers flow. Waters that do not move become stagnant such as The Dead Sea. Life is meant to be in reciprocal motion.
Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Did not Jesus say that it is better to give than to receive?
Spare not; and give away in abundance when it is your hand to do so. Why do we sometimes feel inclined to hang onto and hoard? Is it not because we feel our supply may run out? So giving place to fear or remaining in the right of the need to know the outcome can become our choice. Let the left hand not know what the right hand is doing. God’s business is in his capable hands. Why is there a tendency want to work the hand of God? Out of His love He so freely gives us all things that we truly have need of. Be as the sparrow.
Perhaps we move beyond being able to trust God? When all things are freely given at His hand, why may we be inclined to hold onto what is not ours to retain? When we let of what is physically tangible then we make room for more new to come in. Are you perhaps poised in stagnant waters?
Then Elijah proceeded to say to the widow; “go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.”
Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.” ( 2 Kings 4: 4-7)
Abundant provision is commensurate with liberal pouring back out into perhaps awaiting provision that God has placed within you to be given away. The gift that keeps on giving, they say. That gift you are.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)
The oil of God’s Holy Spirit is in abundant supply and shall never run dry. Freely have we received, so freely may we give.