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There's a situation in the Good Book, that's the Bible for all that's wondering, that tells of a poor widow who's husband served with the prophet Elisha. Now, her husband is dead, and the creditors that she owes are coming to take her two sons and make them slaves to pay the debt. So, what does she do? She cries out to the prophet of God for help. But instead of just giving her stuff, he asked her a question. He said, "Tell me, what do you have in the house?"
That's a question that we as families need to ask ourselves. What do we have in our house? Some of us, if not most, will look and say "not much". I want to challenge you to look at what God has given you. Not just the stuff that fills your house, but the substantial material gifts that God has placed in your life. You have more than you realize. And here's the thing; once we realize we have so much to be thankful for, we begin to realize we have so much more on top of that. It always gives me chills to think how blessed I am. And there is always more that we don't realize or see.
The widow in the story told the prophet all she had in her house was a flask of olive oil. So, the prophet told the widow to gather and borrow all the empty jars as she could. Then he told her to go in the house with here two sons and shut the door behind her. He told her to pour olive oil from the flask into the empty jars, and set aside each one after it is filled. She was probably thinking, I don't have much oil in my flask dude! But, she obeyed the prophet. The story goes to tell us that the sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon, every container was filled to the brim.
What you thought was empty will be filled to the brim as you trust in God and allow Him to work through your obedience. It's all in the House! At the end of the story, she tells the prophet what happened, and he instructs her to sell the olive oil, pay off her debt, and live on the what is left over. God is the God of More Than Enough! What ever you struggle, wrestle, or encounter in this life, remember, Everything You Need Is In The House!
Go and read the story in 2 Kings 4:1-7