“How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked. 2 Kings 4:43 (NIV)
Please circle the word “this” in the above verse. “This” represents a sack of fresh grain and twenty loaves of barley bread, made from the first grain of this mans harvest. This offering was brought to the man of God, Elisha. An offering like this was similar to that given to God and the priests as their portion (See Leviticus 23:20 and Deuteronomy 18:4-5).
Due to the famine Elisha wanted to share what had been given to him with the people. Here we see two men, during a time of lack (a famine) giving not out of what was left over after they had, had their fill, but from the top of the harvest and to the people around them first.
This giving requires great trust. Trust that the Lord is faithful in His promise to provide for all our needs when He is honored as first in our lives (Mal. 3:10, Proverbs 3:5-6, Phil. 4:19). We see how the servant was faithful with his harvest and then Elisha asks him to take his trust to the next level!! How often do we miss the “next level” God wants to take us to in our faith and in ever increasing trust because we complain in our limited understanding?! We fuss that we have already been faithful so why is more required?! Why isn’t life getting easier?! Last time I checked growth requires stretching and change, neither of those is ever comfortable or easy.
Elisha invites the servant to experience God at the next level and to now pour out his gift of twenty loaves and a sack of grain before one hundred men!! To this the servant cries out, “How can I?!” And yet who of us is equal to such tasks God gives in and of ourselves? NONE of us!! It is only IN Christ that we have the strength to do all things; that our little “this” becomes more than enough!! (Phil. 4:13)
Servants of The King of kings lack no resource needed to carry out what He asks of us. Never forget trust will always be part of the plan. If we choose to wait around until will feel like we have acquired enough trust we will never take that leap of faith. The leap itself is the trust fertilizer because as you leap you find Him faithful. There is no need for our God to make a provision before the leap just as the man was not given one hundred loaves to lay before Elisha! That would have only been a burden to carry!
God gave the servant what he could carry and the servant was faithful. When God wanted to multiply that blessing the servant had to release all control and trust his little “this”, into the Hands of the only one able to not only bring about, but also carry that big a blessing.
When we want to cry out, “Lord I’ve already been faithful!”, when we want to ask, “Lord, how can I release this, it is not enough and yet it’s all I have?” Might we remember to trust like this servant and Elisha, that we too might experience the “next level” of our God’s faithfulness. And when they gave it to the people, there was plenty for all and some left over, just as the LORD had promised. 2 Kings 4:44 (NLT)
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV) Praise the mighty, victorious name of Jesus!