I have a lot of notes from the weekend but I’m going to try to put them all up here for your perusal. I’m just going to work my way through my notebook and maybe add some of my own thoughts but please remember that little of what I’m telling you is my own.
Fri Main Session – 2 Kings 4:1-7 – Pete Gilbert
First off, read the passage. (Pete goes through a passage verse by verse so having the text handy really helps)
v1 – The past is the past: let it go.
The past is important yes, and we should rejoice in it and certainly not spit on it but it’s important that we don’t live in it either. We have to look to the clean page upon which we can writea new future with God’s help. Our past hurts, fears, failures, mistakes and sin can be like an inflatable bungee run which, as we are reaching out for God, pulls us back but God has forgiven us and we must forgive ourselves.
We also have to let go of the good stuff – the dead man was a servant of God but we let go of the good to get the better.
v1 – the future is not assured: “he feared the Lord. But . . .”
Every change which our lives undergo provokes a crisis of confidence but this can drive us to find fresh faith, to find God again and discover what He will do again.
How well do I know that!! I am not a fan of change. I don’t deal with it too well but Pete’s right – once I get over the initial freaking out (which can last a number of months by the way) – I relearn to trust God and my faith grows. Of course, it would be good if I could trust God through the change and not freak out but I’m working on it with God’s help.
v1 – God’s enemy goes for the youth: “to take my two sons”
God’s heart is for the young people. Esther became queen at about 16, Jeremiah was only 17 when he started to prophesy, David was the youngest of all his brother – maybe 12 when he was anointed and slayed Goliath, Samuel was 12 when the Lord spoke to him, Mary was 16 when she gave birth to Jesus, John the disciple would have been about 16 when he started his ministry and TImothy led a church of 25000 people at only 17. God’s heart is for the youth and the Enemy hates that.
The majority of those people above are about the same age as me, if not younger – that’s scary! We shouldn’t let our age hold us back in doing God’s work – whether we’re young or old or somewhere in between – He can use us.
v2 – the woman had nothing at all
God not only uses the young but the foolish too, to confound the wise, and the weak to confound the strong.
It’s the principle of the loaves and the fishes of John 6 – God takes what little we have and can multiply hundreds, thousands of times. It reminds me of a favourite verse of mine, Ephesians 3:20, ” All glory to God who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to do infinitely more than we might ask or think”.
Let God take the little you have, even if it hurts, and let God work with it.
v3 – don’t ask for a little, ask for a lot.
It’s up to God whether He gives it to us or not but we have to ask.
The woman was obedient to God.
They gathered and filled the jars together as family – an example of relational intimacy with one another and with God.
v6 – “the oil stopped flowing”
Oil is often used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It flows only as long as there are empty vessels for it to fill. We can be those empty vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7) if we don’t allow other things to fill our lives. If we don’t allow other things to get in the way.
Things I allowed to get in the way would be pain, compromise and a fear of not living up to . . . well, so many things.
We need to be hungry for God’s spirit, hungry and desperate.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God” – Corrie ten Boom
It’s not where you’re going, it’s who you’re going with.