“Behind Closed Doors”

“And Elisha said, ‘Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.’”

2 Kings 4:3-4 NLT

When the creditor threatened to make a poor widow’s sons his slaves, Elisha’s instructions for paying her debt were quite intriguing. So, behind her closed door, with her two sons, this woman had a big choice to make.


With the lives of her sons at stake, would this mother be thankful for the oil in her hand or panic over the empty jars on the floor? As her sons watched, would she hold on to one flask of oil or by faith pour out the one to fill many?


The greatest tests of faith occur behind closed doors—in our homes—with our children. I wonder what they observe. Do we live content with the oil of relationship God has given us, or do we panic for fear we don’t have enough to fill all the empty jars of our kids’ lives? Each day do we pour out what God gives, by faith that HE will give us more?


In every home, lives are at stake—Satan threatens to take our kids as slaves to his lies. Of course, God offers them freedom in His Truth, but which path they choose could largely depend on what they have seen at home behind closed doors.


We too have a choice to make—

Let’s keep pouring out GOD’s love and watch it multiply to fill every jar in the family!



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