Elisha replied to her, Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” 2 Kings 4:2
This verse is Elisha’s response to a widow who believes she is in dire straits. As she considers her situation in the natural, she stands to lose everything she has. Her answer to the prophet’s question is,“Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”
What the widow didn’t realize was that God, through the prophet Elisha, intended to take that small jar of oil and miraculously provide for all that the widow needed and so much more.
God is not tied to natural laws. He can take a small jar of oil and supernaturally provide.
Do you look around and wonder what you were created to do? Are you concerned that your destiny and purpose seem miles and years away? Do you—like the widow in 2 Kings—look around your life and feel the world closing in? God is waiting to do miraculous things with what is in your “house.”
Within your identity—your house—is found the key to your destiny—what God created you to do right here and now.
Acknowledge that the gifts, talents, personality, location, etc. you possess are all sign posts to your purpose. Those sign posts are already a part of you. They are already a part of your house.
So, I ask you, what is in your house?
Like the widow in the story in 2 Kings 4, God has miraculously provided all that you need to fulfill your God-given purpose and destiny. Take a look around. Take inventory of your “house.” Ask the Lord to highlight those interests, traits, talents, etc. which you are to intentionally pursue, train, study, and operate in.
Embrace and empower God’s vision and plans for your life by checking your “house” and pursuing whatever the Lord says. Listen closely. He will show you the way and tell you, “This, not that. Here, not there. Today, next week, or later.”
The prophet Jeremiah tells us that God knows the plans that He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11). Plans that lead to a future of hope. Follow God’s direction to the what, when, and where of your identity and you will discover His divine purpose for your life.
It starts with an honest inventory of who God created you to be. When the enemy tries to tell you that what you have is not enough, remember Elisha and the widow with the jar of oil. God took that jar of oil and provided the means to get out of debt, save a home, and keep children out of slavery. He is a God of miracles.
Imagine what He can do with the jar of oil you find in your house.