God’s Multiplying Power

I must learn never to mea­sure God’s resources by mine. Some­one has said. “Lit­tle is much when God is in it.” One of Elisha’s friends, a widow, had only one jar of oil (2 Kings 4:1–7). Instead of telling her to con­serve it, he ordered her to do exactly the oppo­site: pour it out.


Instead of com­ing to the end of her sup­ply, she con­tin­ued to pour out a mul­ti­ply­ing stream of oil until at last she ran out of con­tain­ers. Then it stopped! How God enabled that oil to mul­ti­ply is beyond me, but so is much that exists in the spir­i­tual world. This much is true: how long would the small jar have lasted if left to itself. How long would the widow have lived, left to her­self? How long would any of us last spir­i­tu­ally, left to our­selves? I think this is where I so often fail. I pit myself against the mas­sive needs all around me, and with­out the mul­ti­ply­ing grace of God, I end up broken.

God begins with my small jar, but He does not stop there. He adds His amaz­ing mul­ti­ply­ing power to my words, thoughts, prayers, and ser­vice until I can hardly rec­og­nize myself in them. As with the widow’s oil, some­one has taken over and the cup has become a bar­rel. And is this not the story of scrip­ture? Abraham’s “dead” body–and God; Moses’ shep­herd crook—and God; David’s sling– and God; the boy’s small lunch—and God; the twelve disciples—and God. It is the “and God” that makes all the difference!

If there is any fail­ure, it is in this: I do not give God a chance with what He gave me. But, I if I do, God becomes my great enhancer and mul­ti­plier. My anchor is God’s own promise: “The small­est one will become a clan, and the least one a mighty nation. I, the Lord, will has­ten it in its time.” (Isa­iah 60:22.)

Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the cur­tains of your habi­ta­tions be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.Isa­iah 54:2

Taken from Daily with my Lord, by W. Glyn Evans.

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