WHEN LIFE HAPPENS

2 Kings 4:1-7

1 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”

2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”

“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”

3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”

But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

1. WHEN LIFE ISN’T FAIR

    • We don’t want fair

    • We want favor

    • God isn’t fair

Romans 5:8 God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us.

2. WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

    • The world we live in is fallen

Romans 8:20-21 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by it’s own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from it’s bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

   • God uses difficulties

God can and does - use difficulties to conform us into the image of Christ

Trouble is not a matter of God’s character - It is a product of our character

You will be tested, but God can be trusted

3. HOW TO TURN AROUND A BAD SITUATION

    • The solution begins with what you have

2 Kings 4:2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive.”

“If you want to one day live like no one else, then today you must live like no one else” Dave Ramsey

He is a God that defies the odds

Romans 4:17 “who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing” 

   • Be willing to do whatever it takes

2 Kings 4:1-7 3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

The formula for overcoming difficulty is humility and effort

In order for God to do what only God can do, He expects us to do what only we can do

In bad situations, pride is not your friend

    • Act - Believing God will show up

2 Kings 4:5-6 5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

The measure of her initial faith and effort was directly proportional to the greatness of the blessing of God

Mark 4:24 With the measure you use, it will be measured to you

    1. How we judge others will determine how we are judged

    2. Our ability to forgive others impacts our forgiveness

    3. Our ability to give will impact what is given to us

Luke 6:38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full - pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you give back.

         • Honor God with the results

2 Kings 4:7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

If we want to honor God we will use His blessing for the purpose God intended