The Bible is filled with great stories about life and faith.  One of the things Rhonda and I longed for in our life was to see God do something that only he could do.  By the way, it is easier to say that than to live it out.  I’m not sure about you, but there are times when I act as if God needs my help to get things done.  It is not easy to wait on God to do his thing.  I think we “help God out” because we want it now.  Or maybe we’re afraid that it won’t happen if we don’t do it.  Whatever the case or reason, it all boils down to faith.

Trusting God is not always easy (at least for me).  So God reminded of a story in 2 Kings 4:1-7 (read it).  Here’s the storyline: a woman who was married to godly man died.  Since she could not repay their debt, her sons were going to be sold as slaves.  She cried out to God for help.  Elisha, the prophet, asked her what she had.  The only thing she had was a little oil (very valuable back then).  The value, while small, was nowhere near enough to pay off the debt.  Elisha told her to collect as many empty jars from neighbors as she could, shut her door, and begin pouring oil from her jar into the ones she had borrowed.  By faith, she got the jars, shut the door, and started pouring.  She poured, and poured, and poured until every jar had been filled.  Then the oil stopped flowing.  She had enough oil to pay the debt.

I’m longing for God to show up like that.  We have empty seats every Sunday.  There are thousands of people living around us without Jesus Christ.  We launched River Ridge by faith.  We have given what little we have to reach a community.  The “oil” of Jesus is what people need.  God, we cry out to you to fill the empty jars.