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FILLING A MOTHER’S EMPTINESS

SUGGESTED PASSAGE: 2 Kings 4:1-7 (NASB) she was hurting because 2 Kings 4:1 says, “she cried out.”
1 Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the proph- And there are people here today who are in emotional pain.
ets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and Perhaps somebody in your world has died. Or maybe you
you know that your servant feared the Lord; and the creditor have lost someone relationally or emotionally, perhaps through
has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” 2 Elisha a divorce, or some other problem that has created heartache.
said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you
have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has Not only did this woman have emotional pain, but she had
nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go, financial pain. Second Kings 4:1 says, “the creditors are at the
borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, door.” Now everybody here can identify with that. The bills just
even empty vessels; do not get a few. 4 And you shall go in keep on coming and we can’t pay them. The cost of gasoline
and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into has put all of us in this category.
all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full.” 5 So she
went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they But not only was she in financial pain, she was in maternal
were bringing the vessels to her and she poured. 6 When the pain because she says in 2 Kings 4:1, “they’ve come to take
vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another ves- my two children to be slaves.” During the time of the proph-
sel.” And he said to her, “There is not one vessel more.” And ets, it was lawful for the children to work off the debts of the
the oil stopped. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. parents. So as you can see, no money, no husband, and she’s
And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and losing her kids. This is too much for anyone to handle.
your sons can live on the rest.”
But not only was she in maternal pain, she was in physical
MESSAGE GOAL: pain—she was hungry. She said in 2 Kings 4:2, “all I have is a
The goal of this message on Filling a Mother’s Emptiness small jar of oil.” She couldn’t pay her bills and she couldn’t go
is to remind us that God wants to take our pain and teach us to to the grocery store. Her stomach was churning. You know how
depend on His comfort and provision. it feels to want to get something to eat and for whatever reason
not be able to get to it. It’s much worse when you’re out of food
INTRODUCTION: and there’s no money to buy anything.
A woman once told a friend of hers, “I’ve got so many prob-
lems in my life right now that if anything else goes wrong, it’ll But then it got really bad. Not only was she in emotional, physi-
take me two weeks before I can get around to worrying about cal, financial, and maternal pain, but she was in spiritual pain.
it.” Sometimes life gets that way, doesn’t it? It’s just one thing on In 2 Kings 4:1 she says, “You know your servant, my husband
top of another thing, on top of another thing, on top of another feared the Lord.”
thing and it just goes on and on. And sometimes you want to
throw in the towel. That’s a problem because sometimes you Nothing is worse than fearing God and not being able to
throw in the towel and the ref still won’t call off the fight, it just locate Him when you need Him. That’s spiritual pain. She told
keeps coming. If your car breaks down, well you know where the prophet that her husband feared the Lord and led his family
to go to find a mechanic. If your clothes are torn, you know to to do the same. But God took her husband away, allowed her
go to find a tailor. If the grades are failing, you get a tutor. But resources to run out, and she was about to lose her children.
where do you turn when your life falls apart? I’m sure she wondered, Where is the payoff for fearing God?

Today’s passage tells us about a woman, a mother in crisis.
Her world was falling apart. First of all, this mother was in
emotional pain because her husband had died. Now we know

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then dabbed her head with a towel. even though people in this congregation this morning have been talking they sometimes defy logic (Isaiah 55:8) about joining the gym for several years? You just feel like it. but you never actually make it to the gym. Many people feel 4. not in discussion. even if it’s not much • Humility. Faith requires action. I mean through meager means 2 TonyEvans. to God and fish to feed 5.000 people (John 6:9-13) • Pride. But don’t get me wrong. if you would’ve Search Scripture for examples of God’s power to work looked at her. If there is no motion there is no faith. GOD’S WAY IS THE BEST WAY TO FIX LIFE’S PROBLEMS Red Sea (Exodus 7:10). recognizing our insufficiency. depending on our self-sufficiency. GOD IS MORE GENEROUS THAN WE THINK (2 KINGS workoutish. You know what we do? We settle for Trust God enough to act on what He says donuts when it comes to life’s issues. not your fullness. And you know that someone is seri- ous about working when they have wrist bands and a band Trust that God moves in His timing around their head. GOD’S WAY IS TRUSTWORTHY of that as you can take. is actually true (2 Corinthians 5:7) • Faith is measured by our feet. Jesus multiplied a few loaves Present your emptiness. We must exercise faith.org | KAFellowship. and left. . She • When God gets ready to move. opens the door • God will take what Christians give Him in faith and for God’s solution to your problems (1 Peter 5:5) multiply it for His glory • God wants our faith and our poverty.TEACHING POINTS: • In the Old Testament. you don’t • God will refill what you give away (2 Kings 4:6) have room to receive it. Exercise means • The poor widow listened to Elijah’s prophetic word to work out. you would’ve said that lady is serious. it is across the street. GOD IS OUR SOURCE AND PROVIDER wealth and self-sufficiency Give to others what you yourself need from God (Luke 6:38) • It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35) TEACHING ILLUSTRATIONS: • By hording we cut off God’s blessing GOD’S WAY IS TRUSTWORTHY: Human solutions to our Step out in faith and believe that God will provide problems are like junk food. She had a towel over her shoulder. So there’s no room for • Walking by faith means acting like what God said God’s answer when it comes. Because junk food has a way of curb- ing your appetite for the real thing when it’s time to get as much 3. prevents God from working in our lives (James 4:6) Give God everything you have. But unless you get on the treadmill. not our 2. Moses used a stick to part the 1. She • The poor widow had enough oil to pay off her creditors was impeccably dressed.000 Philistines • The Holy Spirit will give you guidance (Judges 5:15-16) • In the New Testament. not our feelings WALKING BY FAITH: Faith must be obedience in motion. and Samson used • Human opinion won’t solve your problems the jawbone of a donkey to kill 1. Then • In six verses God provided enough for the poor she went over to the bench press and did seven reps. She was there for 5. He moves fast! started off by warming up on the treadmill for 5 minutes. it’s meaning- 4:7. Trust that God rewards obedience LIVE OUT YOUR FAITH: I was over at the gym one time and • God provided more than the poor widow needed this lady came in and she was decked out for a workout. right? Do you know how many people talk about (2 Chronicles 20:20) working out? Many people discuss it for years.org our mission field is not merely across the sea. The problem with junk food is that • Give to others when you feel empty (2 Kings 4:3) when the real stuff (God’s solution) comes along. EPHESIANS 3:20) less chatter. David used a sling shot to Seek God’s Word for your dilemma kill Goliath (1 Samuel 17:45). GOD WILL POWERFULLY MULTIPLY OUR RESOURCES all of eight minutes. She did widow to retire five minutes on the treadmill and seven reps on the bench press. no matter Listen to God’s Word and obey it how faithish you feel. How many • God’s ways are higher than our ways.

movement. HUMILITY: The Hebrew word for humility (‫ )הָֽוָנֲע‬indicates meekness and insufficiency. One who is humble is bowed down and poor. walking. You know you have like coming on Sunday mornings. QUOTES ATTRIBUTED TO DR.” “The Bible has a word for emptiness. creditors and your pride keeps you from needing Him. not with our emptiness. in fact. It’s easy to do that.org | KAFellowship. TONY EVANS: “You will never discover that God is all you need until you get to the place where God is all you have. therefore .” 3 TonyEvans. In Exodus 21:2-4. it’s called pride.” CHILD SLAVERY IN THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST: In the ancient “When you get too proud to beg. recognizes his or her own insufficiency and depends on the Lord to provide. Humil- ity. Faith has to be demonstrated in order to be authentically declared. but they had to be released during the Year of Jubilee. not your fullness that God responds to. It’s “Faith is tied to feet. godlessness. TEACHING LINES: This sermon will help you trust God when your life seems to crumble around you. you won’t hear often took the children of debtors who couldn’t pay their bills as from Him. It’s called humility. is a recognition of your own insufficiency.” got the Bible under our arm. God hates pride and resists those who refuse to admit their need for Him.” If so. we’ve faith by what you do. presumptuous. PRIDE: The Hebrew word for pride (‫ )ןֹודָז‬indicates insolence. we’re so full there’s no room. and disobedience.” “One of the reasons why we’re not seeing God break through is we come to Him with our fullness. when you get so sufficient Near East at the time of Elisha and the poor widow. the Mosaic Law permitted Hebrews to take other Hebrews as slaves for six years. our obedience is the proof of our faith. This sermon will outline five aspects of God’s generous provision when we come to Him with humble faith. She had all the paraphernalia of it. The Bible has a word for that. One who is proud depends on his or her own self-sufficiency. But are we really serious about the life of faith? “Faith has to be demonstrated in order to be authentically declared. there’s nothing left for God to do.” BACKGROUND BIBLICAL HISTORY AND CULTURE: “It is your emptiness.org GO.she dressed the part. We’ve got all the paraphernalia of Christianity. We dress the part.” slaves. like the poor widow in 2 Kings 4. “God doesn’t need a lot to do a lot. A humble person. We present to God our fullness.

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