Week 12: Confessions of a Broke Parent

Widow (2 Kings 4:1-7)

Dear Father,

I am so scared. My husband just died, but it might as well have been both of us. The creditors are coming soon to take my two boys as their slaves. We will be enslaved people for the rest of our lives because I have no way of making money.

Lord, I am drowning in this debt.

I will totally own some of this as my mistake, but a lot was not my fault. I needed to take care of my husband when he was sick. I had to borrow to make ends meet. But if I’m honest, debt has been following us for years. No matter how hard we worked, it just never went entirely away.

We would get so close, and then something would happen, and I would blink, and the numbers would be right back up where they used to be.

I am ashamed. I don’t want anyone to know.

I am down to one little jar of olive oil, and I am desperate. I need a miracle.

A Broke Parent

My dear Daughter,

Your poverty does not define you. I do not see someone by what they have or don’t have or what they owe or don’t owe. I have always loved your giving spirit; you see everything as an opportunity to help and share even when you don’t have much to give.

Everyone is in debt to me and owes me their life. I want to save them, not just temporarily, but forever. I have seen you carry the weight of debt for years. This is not a burden I want my children to live with. I want you to live in freedom. I want you to be cared for and feel safe. This debt has affected your health, your sleep, and your happiness. This is not the life I have intended for you.

You try to calculate what part was your fault and what part was to blame others… don’t. Blame isn’t the deciding factor on how much or how little I help you. Everyone deserves to be forgiven entirely no matter the circumstances.

I will help you, call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver you; and you will honor me.

You are my delight, the apple of my eye. I love giving you good things: I have promised to provide you with good things to satisfy you. I always make good on my promises.

Your Heavenly Father

(Romans 3:24, Psalm 50:15 2 Chronicles 17:26, Psalm 104:28)

1) Debt can be a cruel master. How does realizing we are all in debt to Jesus give comfort?

2) We are all in debt to God and owe Him our lives. What good things come to mind that God has given you without earning it?

To read how God answered the widow’s prayers, read 2 Kings 4:1-7.

The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant, my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.” Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.” 2 Kings 4:1-7