" Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. " 2 Timothy 4:2
2 Kings 4:1-7 Psalm 40:1-11 Acts 3:1-10 Matthew 15:21-28
Sermon Jan 19th, 2020 With God Anything is Possible We watch the news. We see the commercials of children living in places where poverty is rampant. With internet we have easier access to the statistics of those living in need. So, we know how big these numbers really are. In the last five years in Calgary we have seen more and more people accessing services like the Food Bank, Mustard Seed, Inn from the Cold. Local churches including our church have seen an increase in people reaching out for help. Our compassionate side sees this need and wants to fix it. We want to help everyone so no one is in need. What we find is we often get discouraged, because we feel that we don’t have enough money or time to help everyone. We feel guilty that we can’t do more. We sometimes end up turning the channel or looking the other way when we walk by, or hope that someone with enough resources steps in and helps. It can be very difficult for us to believe that even with what we can contribute that somehow God will use our contributions to meet the needs of the people we intend to help. Or that God will give us enough to meet the needs of others. Or that God will take care of our needs when we choose to be a little more generous to help meet the needs of someone else. In North American culture we often make financial and volunteer decisions based on a scarcity model. Do I have enough put away for retirement? Have I saved up enough for my children’s education? Do I have enough in my life savings account? Do I make enough to pay the bills? Will I have enough money left over if I give this much to help someone else in need? Do I have enough energy to help out? Do I have enough time left in the day to volunteer for this ministry? We are often bombarded with these types of questions that keep us making decisions from a place of thinking do we have enough? Instead of from a place of thinking God has given us more then enough. A widow comes to Elisha for help. Her creditors are coming to take her children away. The widow needs to pay off her debt in order to keep her children. Elisha asks her how much olive oil she has. The widow only has a small jar left on her table. Now Elisha could say, “Oh that isn’t enough for me to do anything. Good luck!” Instead, Elisha invites her to have a little faith and go and collect as many empty jars as possible. She does, and then finds that she is able to fill all these jars with oil from this small jar. She then sells these to pay off her debts and to cover her future bills. The widow could have easily been discouraged at her situation. Elisha could have thought he didn’t have the means to help her. But he did. Elisha believed that God would provide and God did for the widow. More then enough.