Week Two | He Knows My Every Need
Elisha Practiced No Favoritism
The widowed woman came to Elisha, while he was with kings, asking for help.
Elisha could have easily turned his nose up at the widow, as I am sure the kings probably would have.
But, Elisha, as God would be, was quick to come to the widow's aid.
I feel like Elisha would have come to her aid quickly, whether he was with kings or not; because he showed no favoritism, as God does and asks us to do, also.
God asks us to treat all men (and women, child, etc) alike, if they will come to Him in faith.
Poor or rich and powerful, God wants His people to show no favoritism, and instead, minister and accept people as they are.
James 2:1-9 tells us of the sin of partiality.
What Shall I Do For You?
Right off the bat, the widow tells Elisha what is going on in her life, what her needs were (2 Kings 4:1), that the creditor was coming after her boys to turn them into his slaves, as a form of payment.
As we already know, Elisha jumped to the widow's aid. In the second verse, he wastes no time, and asks her, "What shall I do for you?".
It is very important to know what a powerful and blessed prophet Elisha was. He was definitely no ordinary prophet. God had and was using him in incredible ways, performing miracles through him, and using him to serve His people. In a way,
I guess you could say that Elisha was a representation of the person, power and care of God.
The widow knew this of Elisha, sense her husband has been a student under him. She knew God was working through Elisha.
In reality, when Elisha asked the widow what he could do for her, it meant, "What do you want God to do for you, through me?".
This is a vivid reminder of a powerful little verse in James (4:2), "You do not have because you do not ask".
Did you know that the most common failure as Christians (as a whole) is prayer?
I know, that is crazy to understand.
However, a lot of us pray selfishly, and that is sometimes one of the reasons our prayers seem to fail (James 4:3).
Also, we could be asking what for what we need, but our hearts are full of doubt and very little faith (Matthew 21:22).
We may even ask, but feel as though our problems are nothing compared to the problems of others.
The list of how we mess up prayers (me, included) could go on and on!
He Knows Our Every Need
Too often, we take our God for granted.
I know I have, without even realizing it.
Sometimes we also feel like he doesn't care, which we know to be a complete lie.
I have always been told that the lie listed in the last sentence is a complete and utter attack from the devil.
He knows how to place doubt in our heart, and he would love for us to feel that God doesn't care about us, which would give him a victory over us and against God.
I think one reason we take him for granted, is that we know He knows our needs.
We know He knows the needs of His people.
God is very much involved ("hands on") with his people, along with His peoples' lives.
He knows your every need (Matthew 6:8 and 32).
Even though He knows our needs, He wants you to tell Him about every one of them.
He wants you to have a true relationship with Him.
He tells us in John 15, verse 7, "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you."
Next Week: How God Uses What He Gave Us