Buckets of Blessing [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — January 23, 2019
Are you ready for some good news?
Though the commodities of the world grow scarce, the oil of the Holy Spirit never runs out.
Today’s Text: “And Elisha said to her, ‘What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?’ And she said, ‘Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.’ Then he said, ‘Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.’ ” (2 Kings 4:2–4, ESV)
There is more to God’s grace than you know.
My 84-year-old mother excitedly bought a new car this year. The current year model Toyota has some surprising standard features (like blind-spot warning, laser distance cruise control, and lane correction steering). Pretty cool stuff. But as I heard her tell someone recently, “I don’t know how to use it all.”
The living God – the Holy Spirit Himself – lives in and with you. He is the Creator of the ends of the earth who has all understanding and knowledge. You will never, not here or even in eternity, know the fullness of His infinite worth. His love is from everlasting to everlasting, and His grace knows no bounds.
When a widow pleaded for the prophet Elisha’s help, the man of God gave her an unusual command. He instructed her to take her only possession, a little jar of oil, and pour it into borrowed jars. She did as the prophet had instructed. The widow borrowed vessels from her neighbors, took her one jar of oil and began pouring it into one of the borrowed vessels. A breathtaking miracle transpired. The oil didn’t run out. So she filled another jar, and another, and another. The oil didn’t stop flowing until there was no empty vessel ready to receive it.
Throughout Scripture, oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. His life and joy and power never run out. Though we live in a world of scarcity, God is eternally spilling over with goodness.
Some of the most precious things in life only increase when you pour them out. Joy doesn’t diminish when you share it – it increases. No one says, “I better not laugh now – I better save it.” Likewise, love doesn’t run out. In fact, the more you give love away, the more you love. No mother says, “I better not hug and kiss my sweet baby today lest I run out of love.” In fact, the more the mother expresses love to the baby, the more she bonds with her child and thus, the more she loves her little one.
God’s grace, like the widow’s oil, doesn’t run out when you draw upon it; when you draw upon God’s grace, it increases. And that’s the Gospel!