2 Kings 4:1-7 TLB
Now the wife of the son of one of the men who tell what will happen in the future cried out to Elisha, “Your servant, my husband, is dead. You know that your servant honored the Lord with fear. But the man to whom he owed money has come to take my two children to make them serve him.” Elisha said to her, “What can I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your woman servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go around and get jars from all your neighbors. Get empty jars, many of them. Then go in and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour the oil into all these jars, and set aside each one that is full.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They took the jars to her, and she poured. When the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another jar.” And he said to her, “There is not one jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go and sell the oil and pay what you owe. You and your sons can live on the rest.”
Everybody experiences crisis, but not everybody knows the steps to being calm during the crisis.
Crisis + Choices = Calmness or Chaos
Crisis is a concealed camouflaged miracle waiting for us to obey God. The greatest problem with crisis is we look to human solutions for spiritual problems. Explore biblical principles to apply to the problem.
What we are doing before the crisis comes matters; serving and loving the Lord before the crisis will determine the outcome. Many times, it takes a crisis to prepare our hearts to hear from God.
Steps to Overcoming the Crisis
• Fix our eyes on the Rock—cry out to God.
• Quickly choose to humble ourselves to the mighty hand of God.
• Believe God is bigger than our crisis.
What crisis have you faced this year? How can you better handle the next crisis you face? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?