Expectation of miracles
So 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.”…So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, ” Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, ” There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. 2 Kings 4:2, 5-6
I often ask myself, what does it take for us as God’s people to experience miracles from God today? In fact, do we believe that God still works miracles today? If our God is the God of miracles, the miracles which we read in the Bible surely is a reasonable expectation. Fui Ying and I have just finished 8 days of Ellel International Leaders conference at Ellel Grange. In the conference, we heard testimonies of how God works miracles in many people’s lives. Those who have no other resources to rely on but God, found that they have never been disappointed. We also heard from one of speakers of the Conference recounting an incident where the miracle in our Bible passage today was repeated by God in the form of tapioca bread and tea in recent time!
Do you believe that God can work miracles in your lives? Do you believe that God will work miracles in response to your prayers uttered in faith? Do you believe that God can and will respond to your faith and work miracles? That is probably the first step we need to take, to have an expectation of miracle.
The widow was asking from Elisha for help in a situation where nothing short of a miracle would suffice. Yet, the man of God put to her 2 things she needed to be responsible for. She needed to “contribute” to the miracle. She was required to pour out all that she had or all that was left of her. Secondly, she was asked to determine how big she expects her miracle to be. Both acts are the measure of her faith. At the word from the man of God, at the direction of God’s Spirit, she trusted unreservedly. The result – not only her immediate problem was solved, her future provision was taken care of.
Do you need a miracle today? “What do you have?” perhaps is the question that God would ask you. Pour it out for Him, at His words. What have God asked you to do and you have been reluctant to give it all? Has your expectation of God’s miracle has been somewhat a timid one? Trust God and the words He has spoken to you, and act accordingly just as the widow did. I am certain you will be pleasantly surprised!