Bible Readings: John 5:7, 1Kings 17:12, 2Kings 4:2
Have you ever heard someone say “I have no one to help me” or “I have no money”? Some people would give remarks like the man at the pool of Bethesda who said, “I have no man”. Likewise, some people would blame other people or society for their conditions. For example, some would either say “my uncle didn’t pay my fees”, “my dad trained only the boys”, “the government is corrupt” or run to a man of God like the widow in 2kings 4:1-2, whose late husband incurred so much debt that she was tormented by creditors.
We often play the blame game when we are depressed, feeling helpless or disappointed. However, we are reminded from meditating on the Bible passages for today that God never leaves us empty. We have lessons to learn that the best person to look up to in difficult times is the Almighty God and not engage in complaints and murmuring.
For example, in John 5:7, the abandoned sick man got his healing through the power of Jesus and not because of his complaints. The woman in 1king 17:12 yielded to the instructions of the servant of God and got divine provision. The widow in 2King 4:2 was miraculously delivered by looking unto the miracle working God for help. There is always help available through God almighty.
Let us find courage by believing that God would never leave nor forsake us. No matter how big the challenges, God’s presence is assured. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). One important thing we must remember is that we have something. We are not empty. When we look within and around us, we will find out that God never leaves us empty.
What is our own jar of oil? It could either be a skill, a talent, or an idea. The instruction is always simple- start with what you have.
Perhaps, we are like the sick man at Bethsaida who had no knowledge of who Jesus is, we must come to the knowledge of Jesus to receive the power of His word. His word could transform our situations.
Let us say these words of prayer with faith in our heart:
Lord, I have come to the end of myself and I am tired of struggling very hard when I already have redemption in the finished work of Christ. Today I believe in that finished work on the cross for me, I come into this new life with You, I receive the Gift of Salvation and Redemption today and always. Thank You Jesus.