“God is my provider and he shall fill my jars with oil in Jesus name” These are words I wrote down on my journal couple of days ago after hearing and obeying God’s voice when he asked me to be a blessing to someone. In obedience, I had to let go of the little I had and trust God to provide for all my needs. Fellow brides, am sure most of you just like me during this journey, are experiencing or have at some point experienced financial strain. Days, when bills were automatically paid, seem to be like a dream in the distant past. However, you’ll also notice how you’ve often wondered how you’ve managed to come as far as you have, juggling so many needs/ bills with such little resources. The answer lies in the faithfulness of our HH who is our Jehovah Jireh. I love this verse in Matthew 6:8 (NIV) 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
I had just found out about a certain need that someone close had and really wanted to help but given how tight money was and that I still had unpaid bills, it saddened me that I couldn’t. Looking through the numbers I had realised that to do so meant I’d have to give nearly all I had and miss paying more of my bills. I prayed about it expressing all this to God and asked that he provides for that person. Two days later on a day when I was already fighting severe emotional attacks by the enemy, that person reached out to me for help. This nearly sent me over the edge wondering why God would allow this to happen knowing my current financial situation. I prayed and next thing I was sending out what I had to the person as I felt God clearly say He’s the one asking me to do this.
The next day I woke up to find my beloved 15 yr old dog who seemed a bit off a few days prior, looking so ill and in need of urgent care. God, why??? I cried. In a moment of silence following my cry asking Him what to do, he placed it in my heart to reach out to a particular person for help. Within five minutes, no questions asked they said they’d send me some money. Just 24hrs prior God had used me to bless someone and when I saw how much He’d blessed me with through this person, words failed me. It was so much more than what I’d given and thereafter, the vet bill was way less than I thought it would be. I, therefore, was left with enough money to clear all my bills!!!
Fellow bride, our HH, the God of Elijah is very much alive today and if you just obey Him and give out that last bit of flour and oil when He asks you to, your jars will overflow. 1 Kings 17:13-14 (NIV) Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first, make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
This week I’ve learned that sometimes we miss out on our blessings by holding on to the little we have. If we can only trust and let go, then we’ll create room for our HH to act and a space for his refill.
Fellow bride, what an absolute honor and how truly humbling is it to think that our HH would place you in the mind of someone else in need ( despite your current situation) making them see you as a symbol of hope? Somebody somewhere in need might have felt hopeful because of you and trusted that God would use you to bless them. How tragic would it be then if we were in a position to become that vessel but denied God the opportunity to use us to bless others? I truly believe if God places it in someone’s heart to reach out to you for help, then He’s already made a way and will ensure that he provides you with that very thing needed to fulfill his promise to that person and bless you in the process.
1 Kings 17:12-14 (NIV) “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first, make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
God showed me through these verses that if we trust Him, obey and let go of the little that we have, He shall multiply it. There are blessings in giving especially when it’s a sacrifice and holding on to what we have only ends up taking space and hindering God’s blessings that He so desires to give us.