Surely God is my Help

Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. (Psalm 54:4)

WHERE’S YOUR LITTLE POT OF OIL?

Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me
.

(Psalm 54:4)

Have you ever felt empty – with absolutely nothing left to give? Have you tried everything, yet nothing seems to help? Perhaps the isolation and simple survival of life with chronic illness feel too heavy and too much? Perhaps you are like the widow with only a little pot of oil (2 Kings 4).

While the door to the world may feel shut, God is ready and compassionately waiting for you to cry out to Him. Though His provision may seem unclear, Scripture tells us, “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”

 

THE WIDOW’S LITTLE POT OF OIL

In 2 Kings 4, a widow who had nothing left to give and who feared losing her sons reached out to the prophet Elisha for help. Instead of Elisha providing for the widow, he simply asked her what did she have – she remembered her little pot of oil. That’s when the miracle began.

Oil represents many things: fuel, provision, anointing, healing, restoring brightness to the skin and spirit (just to name a few). The widow’s little pot of oil reminds us that even when there seems to be nothing left, the truth is that the Lord will help us to not only bear our circumstances, but He holds us close, keeps us from falling, and gives us hopealways.

Maybe you’ve wondered whether God is even listening to your prayers. Maybe it’s easier to believe He listens to those who “have it all together,” those who are able and well, those who pray beautifully, those who ___________ (fill in the blank). However, feeling like we don’t measure up or that we lack faith is the perfect place to begin. Indeed, it’s not the amount of faith we have, but the object of our faith: the One Who miraculously fills our little pots of oil and changes everything.

To move toward truth, we must first acknowledge how and what we feel, then offer our little pot of oil to God.

 

HOW DO WE FIND OUR LITTLE POT OF OIL?

Practically speaking, how do we find our little pot of oil? How do we, at our lowest, find God?

Here’s the great news! The Holy Spirit is already within us ready to help, though His help might look very different than what we expect.

Elisha told the widow to borrow all the jars and pots her neighbors could provide, and fill them from her one little pot of oil – to pour from where she felt most empty. The widow was alone and afraid, yet she was asked to pour into others.

Our hearts, Friends, we’re made to pour into one another from our own little pots of oil, no matter how small we think they are.

Experiencing a health flare often leaves me feeling empty, yet in that lonely and quiet place, I can sense God’s help. His miracle hasn’t yet been a restoration of my health, but rather, a reminder to lift others in prayer, to encourage and pour from my pot of oil into others.

 

GOD IS OUR STRENGTH

Recently, I watched a short video from Joni Eareckson Tada. Each morning as she wakes, Joni says to God, “I have no resources for this day. I’ve no strength for it, no energy for it, but Lord Jesus, You have strength. You have resources. You have energy. So please help me in my weakness to be strong. Help me to face this day with courage.” Click here to watch Joni’s video.

Do you have a Scripture you turn to when life is hard? Is there a verse hidden in your heart that you pray? Are there specific song lyrics that point you toward God? Can you pray your own words in times of weakness?

For me, it’s Psalm 23, a clear picture of the Good Shepherd providing gentle care for His sheep. For another member of Chronic Joy’s community, Psalm 121 is a comfort, reminding her that God will not allow her foot to slip or harm to come to her because He is always aware of every small detail. When we realize God understands, that He cares for and strengthens us, then we can offer our little pots of oil to Him

Where do you turn to find hope and encouragement when there seems to be nothing left?

Dear Friends, God will sustain us. Prayer will open the door to truth. Scripture can be the words we pray when we can’t find our own words.

 

USING OUR LITTLE POTS OF OIL

We were created to pour into one another, even though it may look nothing like we expect. In fact, we might see our little pots of oil multiplying.

Today, let’s encourage one another with Scripture, song lyrics, and words of prayer, each pouring into another from our miraculous little pots of oil.

Please join me in praying:

  • for each one to find his or her own little pot of oil from which to pour out into others.
  • for the parents of chronically ill children to trust ever deeper in our Good Shepherd who loves our children far beyond our understanding.
  • gratitude to our Heavenly Father who leads Chronic Joy so well. May all those who need this ministry find it.
  • for each member of our community to grow deeper in love with God.
  • over the specific prayer requests from our community listed is the Prayer Pond.

Prayer is the heartbeat of Chronic Joy. We are honored and blessed to pray with you and for you.

PRAYER

Gracious, loving Father, we know it is Your will for us to give thanks in all circumstances and for all things, to fear nothing except the loss of You. Help us to bring all our cares and concerns to You, the One who helps and sustains us. When fear and anxiety overtake us, draw us back to You. When there seems to be nothing left, remind us to seek You. Fill our little pots of oil, so that we might pour into others, even from our bedsides. May our prayers and our pouring remind us always of Your great love. Amen.

Pamela Piquette

Pamela Piquette

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Chronic Joy®

Pamela, a leader and a visionary following God's call to inspire those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, and chronic pain, believes that every precious life affected by illness is both vital and purposed.

Pamela is the mom of three married children, a grandma of four, and a wife of more than 30 years. She is diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos, chronic migraines, and a host of other chronic conditions. She enjoys hot tea, reading, and walking her teddy bear dog, Cocoa.

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