Handle Debt by Seeking Advice - 2 Kings 4: 1-2
April 2, 2024, 8:00 AM

1. 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."  2. 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 little oil."

Lots of people experience debt of various types. Sometimes it is not because of bad choices, but unfortunate circumstances, as was the case with this widow. There were no life insurance policies or savings accounts. Wives were completely dependent on their husbands or family.

In her case, three burdens weighed heavily upon her: the grief of losing her husband, the looming debt with no apparent solution, and the distress of losing both her sons to slavery.

The fact that the husband was devoted to the Lord did not shield them from misfortune. Bad things happen to good people. But we can also observe bad things also happen to bad people; good things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. The Bible tells us the rains falls and the sun shines on the just and the unjust. The one thing we can say is God will not let leave us as we seek to follow in His paths.

What options does she have? First, she seeks advice from a godly man, Elisha. In this way it is also like prayer. She wants to do what is right and goes to the one who speaks the word from the Lord. When circumstances are overwhelming, prayer is essential. Who understands better than the Lord?

Second, seek to know God’s Word. There are principles and truths laid before us to follow. There are options and avenues that are not open which would be sinful. There are tests we go through that challenge faith. Trusting the Lord gives us guiding principles.

Seeking advice is also important from those who are wise and godly. Contact those who might know how to resolve debt. Talk to others who can pray for you.

The culture of that day did not allow women to own property. They didn't have many legal rights. It was not uncommon for a woman to make herself a slave, beg or go into prostitution. Yet widows and orphans were to be encouraged in the Lord. The Bible tells us God is their special strength. (see Ex. 22:22,24).

Many know Judi and I raised her sister from the time she was twelve since their parents had died. When Marti was married, her young husband took out a term life insurance policy. He had a horrible accident and died before their first child was born. Fortunately, Marti was able to pay debts, buy a mobile home providing a place for over 30 years. Her immediate needs were met. They listened to some advice.

If you are burdened with issues that seem overwhelming, not only talk to the Lord, read the Word, but seek to share with others who can lighten the burden and give advice that may help.

Prayer:  Lord, even though I know my help comes from You, sometimes you want  me to let go of any shame, embarrassment or pride that keep me from asking for prayer and help.