He Cried Out

He Cried Out By Kirk Hunt

And he said to her, “Give me your son.” So he took him out of her arms and carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his own bed.   Then he cried out to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, have You also brought tragedy on the widow with whom I lodge, by killing her son?”

1 Kings 17:19-20 NKJV
Please read 1 Kings 17:14-21

 

She confronted him with the boy’s cold, limp body.  Elijah took the boy’s body from his mother and went to the presence of God.  Alone with all-powerful Jehovah, Elijah used the only tool available to him:  He cried out.

 

Elijah did not understand any more than the widow.  He had no more power over the situation than the grieving mother.  All he could do is ask God for His intervention.  And he did so with force and abandon.

 

The facts are what they are, even to God’s people.  No amount of wishful thinking or force of personality will change the laws of nature.  No matter the circumstances, we can appeal to our heavenly Father.

 

God always answers prayer.  He loves us enough to say “no” when we ask for the wrong things.  He loves us enough to say “wait” when the circumstances are difficult to us.  He loves us enough to comfort us through whatever we are experiencing.

 

His power is absolute.  His will is sovereign.  His love for you is constant and unending.  Cry out to Him, wherever you are.

 

Think:        I can appeal to God in every circumstance.

 

Pray:           “Lord, I cry out to you because You have the power.”

 

Copyright © April 2017, Kirk Hunt

 

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Disruptive Grace

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“Disruptive Grace” by Kirk Hunt

And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

Luke 7:14 KJV

Jesus interrupted the funeral proceedings. He interfered with a solemn ceremony. Jesus deliberately intruded on the widow’s grief and sorrow.

It’s not hard to imagine the results. The mourners suddenly became dancers. The weeping widow instantly became a joyous mother. The young man sat up, wondering why he was in a coffin in the middle of the street.

Jesus’ grace is all-powerful and undeniable. When He touches a situation, nothing can remain the same. The grace of Jesus is disruptive. God doesn’t fit in a box. The master of eternity doesn’t worry about schedules.

Too often, we object to God’s grace. His Presence comes at inconvenient times. His power and provision manifests in inconvenient ways.

Think for a moment.   Do you really object to what God is doing for you and in you?  However inconvenient, will you refuse the grace He is pouring into your life?

Seek Him, but be prepared. He may come in an unexpected and unanticipated way.   Be open to disruption.  Embrace the chaos and confusion that can follow God’s blessing and provision.

Think: When His grace falls, everything is disrupted.

Pray: “Lord, disrupt my life with Your grace.”

Copyright © February 2010, Kirk Hunt

God Provides

“God Provides” by Kirk Hunt

Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

2 Kings 4:7 KJV

The widow’s sons likely moved with exaggerated caution. The borrowed vessels and pots brimmed full of valuable oil. Breaking something would create a double loss.

God’s provision is always extraordinary. God often gives more than enough. Ask the widow.

She probably ran to pay the debt that threatened her sons. Likely, for the first time since her husband’s funeral, she could spend a coin without an agonizing decision.  Because God provided.

God provided the single jar of oil she poured out. God touched the hearts of friends and neighbors who lent their vessels and pots. God gave the miracle increase of oil that provided for this faithful family.

God provided in their past, then the present and again for the future. She had never been uncared for at any time. Even when she didn’t know it or feel it.

No matter what’s going on in your life, God is there. He provided to get you here. He is providing to keep you here. God is placing in your hand what you need for the future.

God wouldn’t have brought you to this place to leave you now. His faithfulness is working for you at this moment. Get you and yours ready to live in His provision.

Think: God has provided, is providing and will provide for you.

Pray: “Lord, thank You for Your provision in my life; past present and future.”

Copyright © September 2009, Kirk Hunt

Pour Out

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“Pour Out” by Kirk Hunt

So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.

2 Kings 4: 5-6 KJV

I’d like to think there were dozens of different oil pots, jars and vessels everywhere. In my mind’s eye, I see the exaggerated caution of the boys, afraid to move without breaking a borrowed item. With a prayer, or a sigh, the widow started pouring oil.

As each jar, pot or vessel filled up, the sense of excitement grew. Oil continued to fill each vessel in turn. From little comes much. The empty is filled, through a miracle of God’s provision.

“I should have asked old Sarah for hers.” “I could have worked a deal with the potter for more of his.” The prepared capacity is filled. The miracle comes to an end.

God has a miracle of provision for you. Perhaps it’s a need you think could never be filled. Maybe you have a vision, but lack the resources to begin, yet alone finish.

Pour out what you have. Your faith, to use what you have, will draw Him close. Your obedience to Him, will be rewarded. His faithfulness will provide more than you have dreamed.

Think: God always provides. Pour out what you have.

Pray: “Lord, in obedience and faith, I will pour out what I have.”

Copyright © September 2009, Kirk Hunt

Sometimes, You Borrow

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“Sometimes, You Borrow” by Kirk Hunt

Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

2 Kings 4:3-4 KJV

Elisha’s instructions violate common sense and the laws of physics. The one pot of oil, the only item of significance in the widow’s house, will fill empty vessels. Borrowed vessels at that.

Elisha is careful to tell her to borrow a large number of empty pots. God’s provision is endless. There really isn’t capacity to contain what God can give.

At each door, an urgent knock sounds out. “Can we borrow all of your empty oil vessels?” The unused capacity of the neighborhood, if not village, is collected as an act of faith.

The empty is about to become full. Where there is lack, there will be supply. More than the widow’s house could hold. More than the town can contain.

Sometimes, you borrow. And no matter how much storage, or expertise, or capacity, or capability you get in your hands, God will over-run what you have prepared. You won’t hold all that God will provide, but you want your share.

It’s an act of faith to prepare so outlandishly. Keep in mind, God delights in providing for His people. I’d borrow from one more neighbor if I were you.

Think: God always provides, more than we can hold.

Pray: “Lord, I accept Your provision.”

Copyright © August 2009, Kirk Hunt

What Is In The House?

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“What Is In The House?” by Kirk Hunt

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

2 Kings 4:1-2 KJV

Allow me to call this widow, unnamed in Scripture, “Beulah.” She came seeking miracle provision. She took proactive steps to resolve the debt that threatened her family.

Beulah didn’t expect Elisha to mystically learn of her situation. She didn’t expect God to send both revelation and resources from out of the blue. Violating the custom and mores of her time, she approached the prophet of God directly.

Despite her debts, she hadn’t come empty handed. God is a provider. He also sometimes multiplies His previous provision.

Elisha’s questions pointed past the obvious need to the miraculous solution. A solution that started in something Beulah already owned. Commonplace and mundane, a pot of oil would become a miracle of provision and supply.

No matter what you think you lack, God has already provided. Be open to to what God wants to do with what you already have. God provides; past, present and future.

Think: There is already provision and supply in your house.

Pray: “Lord, open my eyes to Your provision.”

Copyright © August 2009, Kirk Hunt