Mr. Femi Asa
Life is a journey. As it is for every journey, there is always a starting point and a destination. In between the two poles of the starting point and the destination, there are lots of circumstances that normally challenge us. These are situations that we do not have a choice over. One will have to face so many obstacles in order to achieve perfect fulfillment in life. Most times, issues of life catch us unawares. It does not tell us when it is going to come so that we can prepare for it. It comes anyway and you are forced to deal with it. There is only one source all these problems emanate from – the devil, and because Jesus overcame him, we will win too.
One of the greatest temptations in life is for us to be consumed in our situations. To see our situations as a dead end and when we come to that state it will be difficult for us to appreciate and see the goodness of God. We must quit looking at our situations. Look up and see the goodness of God.
Lift up your eyes of faith and look beyond where you are right now because your victory is only as far as your eyes can see. Look at God’s goodness and He will make every path straight for you.
The widow in 2 kings 4:1-7 looked and trusted in the power of God and God turned her situation around for good. When we make reference to the previous acts of God, God makes that same power available again. If you believe it, the Lord will show up for you just the way He showed up for that widow. That passage enables us to see that when we are drowned and are lost, we still have hope which is in God.
What do we see in the life of that widow?
The benefits of seeing God’s goodness beyond your circumstances
1. It helps us to see reality.
John 5:6 says, “When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.”
Jesus did not query that man. He knows his inability to help himself. The lame man had no helper. Jesus only had to tell him to rise up, take his bed and walk. The man received his miracle instantaneously.
2. It helps us to see our circumstances no matter how tragic they are.
Our circumstances are not unique. No matter what you might be going through, somebody else has gone through it. Job 14:1 says, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.”
3. It helps us to see the ultimate victory in the goodness of God.
When the Holy Spirit gives us the revelation of God’s word, then we are able to see things. We are able to see where He is directing us. We are able to know that God is in it with us. 1 Cor 2:9 says, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
4. It helps us to know that God loves us and He can make the impossible to become possible for us.
5. It helps to be blessed beyond measure.
The widow had the word of God spoken by the prophet of God and she held unto it. She was told to go and borrow vessels from her neighbours. These were her House Cell members. She began to pour the oil in those vessels until there were no more vessels to be filled. She sold some oil to offset her debt and the remaining oil was enough for her to live on. God’s provision did not go dry, it was the vessels that finished and the oil stayed. If she had more vessels, God’s provision will still continue in her life.
6. It helps us to increase our faith.
The revelation of God that you understand springs forth an action in you and when you take that step of faith, then you will achieve accelerated result. The widow we considered took a step of faith. She borrowed vessels from her neighbours. She borrowed from her House Cell members. These members must have prayed with her and also supported her during her difficult times.
I encourage you today to look beyond that circumstance that has laid you back. Rather, see God’s goodness in it. See what God has promised you in His word. The Psalmist stated that he would have fainted but he believed he will see the goodness of the Lord. God has not left you. He is working for you and you will overcome in Jesus name, amen.