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24th May 2023

A Widow

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful saints.

Psalm 116:15

In 2 Kings 4 we read of a woman, her husband had died, and she was therefore a widow; but worse, he had left her in debt and no means to pay them (2 Kings 4:1). The legal system in Israel, at that time, would not allow her to declare bankruptcy; she had to give her sons as indentured servants to her creditor as payment for the debts.

In her distress, she looked to God for help by turning to His servant Elisha. She believed that God cared about her and that He could do something about her situation. And God did. He provided miraculously for the dire needs of this widow (v 5–6). This same God can also provide for us. Though life can make various demands on us, we can always draw strength from God. We can entrust our cares to Him, do all we can, and let Him amaze us with what He can do with our situation.

Bible Reading

2 Kings 4:1-7.




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