Church of the Living God
Bible Study Lesson
Presenter: Overseer Ennis F. Tait
November 28, 2012
Series: Giving God What You Have
Focus Verse: II Kings 4:5 (KJV)
Today’s Discussion: “Is There Any Hope?”
Since you’ve been on your Christian journey, have you ever experienced hopelessness or a lack of confidence in God’s ability to deliver on HIS promise? During a time of oppression and extreme cruelty for African Americans, Professor James Weldon Johnson in his soul stirring composition entitled “Lift Every Voice and Sing” writes of a determination, perseverance and HOPE cradled in the hearts of black people that charted a path to freedom: “stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod, felt in the days when hope unborn had died; yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet, come to a place for which our fathers died”. What a powerful testimony and accomplishment. Each stanza builds a crescendo of gratitude to God for HIS divine provision.
The lesson aim is to evaluate, assess, and measure our faith in God as “Jehovah Jireh”. More importantly, as disciples we must be willing to admit that our confidence in God can be and has been impacted by our loss of HOPE in the expected outcomes.
As I stated before “our faith [pis-tis] in God and the power [ex-oo-see-ah] we’ve been given as HIS disciples have become faint or are of no avail. (Matthew 13:57-58; Mark 9:23-23) As we continue this journey our primary goal is to review our how we respond in times of despair. We also must ask ourselves theses questions, do we think in the spirit (Philippians 2:5) and believe on HIM as the provider of “all our need”. (Philippians 4:19)
What would move this unnamed woman to put the fate and future of her sons in the hands of the Prophet Elisha? HOPE in God (Romans 8:24-25) She chooses of her own will and accord to obey the instructions given to her by the prophet. However, HOPE drives her actions to fill each of the empty vessel with “the oil” that has now been placed in the hands of God. (Verses 5-6) The outcome of her efforts prompts her to return to the man of God for further instructions. (Verse 7) The reconfirms that we are not subject to our situation, confined to our circumstance or paralyzed by our problems.
Key terms in the text:
- Hope – [el-pece] – expectation; confidence
- Vessel – [kel-ee] – something prepared, i.e. any apparatus (as an implement, utensil, dress, vessel or weapon)
Final thought: God wants to have constant habitation with us and not just unscheduled visitations.