My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of Isaiah 51:3 For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places. He will make her wilderness like Eden. And her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in it. Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”
From the above context we understand that our God is a God of comfort and wants to comfort you with His word. He will comfort all your waste and ruined places of your life and change your life of wilderness like a garden of Eden a fertile and fruitful plantation.
God wants you to share your sorrows with the Lord. Because only He can solve your problem. The Bible says, “Until now you have asked nothing, in My name. Ask and you will receive that your joy may be full.” He is a God who fills the empty space of your life. There was a widow in the Bible whose life was almost dry like the wilderness. She was the wife of a prophet. He had served the Lord very diligently but unfortunately he died, leaving behind his wife and two sons in huge debts. And the creditor had come to take away her two sons as slaves to work in the farm yard. Firstly she was a widow, secondly her two sons were all her wealth that she had. How could she part her sons away from her, as slaves? So she ran to the Prophet, Elisha, and told him of all her struggles and her problems.
Elisha said to her what shall I do for you? Tell me what do you have in your house? And she said, “Your maid servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, go borrow vessels, from everywhere, from all your neighbours. –empty vessels. As many as you can. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door, behind you and your sons, then pour, it into all those vessel, and set aside all those full ones. So she went and did as she was instructed by Elisha. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full,she asked her son to get another vessel. But he said, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil in the jar stopped flowing. Then she went and told Elisha all that she had done. He said to her “ Sell the oil and pay all your debts, and you and your sons live on the rest. ”
Thus she shared her problem to the man of God, as a result he advised her how to manage her financial situation and therefore she paid her debts and her sons were safe and secure. God delivered her from the cruel hands of the creditors. You too must share your problems with God, only then He can help you. He says, Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Again He says, Call upon Me in the day of trouble, I will deliver you and you shall glorify Me.
The Bible says, “ A joyful heart shall do good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Elisha showed kindness to the widow at the right time. He never hurt her or despised her as people commonly do when they come across a poor widow like her. His comforting words encouraged her to obey him and so she and her children were blessed. She proved to be a wise woman.
There are many mothers and even fathers who are reading this message with much sorrow and grief regarding their children. They are worried about their education about their future and their settlement. Today it seems so difficult to bring up children. Because they are exposed to a lot of unnecessary things. The face book, instagram, you tube, twitter, and many more such things. As a result their mind is distracted. Very few children are obedient to their parents in this current scenario, because there is no proper understanding about parents and their own children. They never sit together to sort out their problems. Hence many parents are grief stricken and children are a burden to parents. But the widow set a good example, her sons were obedient to her. They went out to the neighbours and collected all the empty vessels as many as possible. And shut the door behind them and helped the mother to pour the oil in all the empty vessels. Therefore they were blessed.
God changed their wilderness or desert like situation into that of a fertile garden, and also brought gladness into their hearts. Joy and gladness was found in their house. There was Thanksgiving and the voice of melody just as God promised in His word mentioned above. God will also bring gladness into your house if you humble yourselves before the mighty God. The Bible says, “ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank You for comforting us through your Word. We thank You for Elisha who helped the widow and her sons in times of adversity. Likewise we pray that You will help us also during times of trouble and distress. Help us to grow our children rightly in the ways of God. Help us to humble ourselves, in the mighty hand of God, that God might exalt us in His time.