Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

God Helps A Widow

on August 19, 2013



Memory Verse: 2 Kings 4:7

Life Application: God provides for our needs.

Bible Text:: 2 Kings 4:1-7


God is loving and caring. He used a prophet named Elisha to help a widow in need. Before her husband died, he served God and cared for his wife and sons. Now he was dead and the widow had no way to pay her bills. When she saw Elisha, she told him that she had bills to pay and no money. The person she owed was going to take her boys and make them slaves!

2 Kings 4:1  NKJV     “A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”

     First Elisha asked her what did she have in the house. “I have nothing at all except a little oil.” Then Elisha gave her a word from the Lord. He told her to get her boys to go to all the neighbors and ask for jars and pots – big ones and little ones. He told her to ask for many jars and pots. When the jars and pots were gathered, she and her sons were to go into the house and close the door.

2 Kings 4:2-4  NKJV     “So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”

     Elisha told the woman to take the little oil she had and pour it into the many jars her sons had collected. She poured and poured, but her little oil didn’t become empty until all the jars she borrowed were filled!

2 Kings 4:5-7  NKJV     “So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

     If they had borrowed only one or two pots or jars, that’s All the oil she would have had. Because the widow and her sons were obedient to Elisha, God blessed them and met their need. They were able to sell the oil and pay the bills. And the widow’s sons were able to stay with their mother and help her.


1. God is ______________  and caring. 

2. What was the prophet’s name?

3. The widow’s husband had ________________ God.

4, What was the widow’s need?

5. The person she owed was going to take her boys and make them _____________.

6. The woman and her sons were to gather up what?

7. Elisha told the woman to take the little oil she had and _____________ it into the many jars her sons had collected.

8. What would have happened if the woman had not been obedient?

9. The widow was able to sell the oil and ___________ the bills and keep her sons.

10. How has God provided for your needs?


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