February 11,2021

Using what we have means maintaining an inward focus on making the best use of our own time, skills, potential and attention rather than being driven by factors outside of our influence. Progress towards our goals each day, depends on how we apply our skills, time and resources, the actions we take, the decisions we make and the distractions we resist. It all comes down to us.

Bible Focus: 2 Kings 4:2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? Tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, thine handmaid hath not anything in the house, save a pot of oil.

In 2 Kings 4 the story was told of the woman whose husband being a prophet had died leaving significant debt behind and the creditors had come to take her sons as slaves. She cried out to Elisha for help. The first question that Elisha asked her was what do you have in your house? The principle that Elisha was teaching was to start with what you have now. Very often the mistake that we make is that of waiting until everything is perfect and the reality is that there will never be a perfect time. You can lose years waiting for the perfect time; practice starting with what you have now.

The Little that the woman had, was just what she needed to operate in abundance. She honoured the man of God first and from her obedience, the little she had became plenty. God blessed her with abundance even though she had little. All the jars she had, plus the ones she borrowed were filled with oil. What “little” do you have that you consider insignificant? Are you waiting until you have if all figured out and everything in place before you start? 

The reason it is important to start with what you have is because as explained by Sydea Wright, a very good friend of mine, “a way is not made until the first step is taken”. Starting with what you have now even though you do not yet see the way is a step of faith that moves God to create the way. That was the experience of the woman in 2 Kings 4. She started with the little oil she had in her house and borrowed the vessels that she was instructed to and the oil never stopped flowing until no more vessels were left.

Life Application: Make an inventory of the talents, gifts, relationship and resources that you have at your disposable and use what you have now to take the first step in creating the success that you desire.

Prayer: Lord, help me to start with what I have. Help me not to out my life on pause because I see what I have as insufficient. Give me your wisdom to discern when it is time to step out with the little I do have. Like the widow, pour out your blessings upon me when I have stepped out in obedience. In Jesus name..amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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