RELIGIOUS COLUMN: God’s Endless Supply Chain | Chroniclers
Many may wonder if the Grinch has materialized and the shelves may be empty this Christmas season. Container ships stacked at US ports wait to be unloaded as the American Trucking Association reports a shortage of 80,000 drivers. Oracle News reports that 82% of Americans fear supply chains are ruining Christmas. There is no doubt that the supply chain is an issue that needs to be addressed, but for believers we can say, “Count everything with joy” because we have God’s endless supply chain. We can rejoice during this Christmas season because we have the assurance of God. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will support you with my right right. (Isaiah 41:10) Christ is the never-failing supply chain.
In 2 Kings 4, a widow of a prophet who cannot pay his bills and the creditor threatens to take her two children as slaves, goes to Elisha’s house and asks for help. Elisha, also known as “Wonder Worker” asks what she has in her house. She replied, “Just a pot of oil. Almost every time the Bible mentions oil, it refers to olive oil. The oil pressed from the fruit of the olive trees had many uses in Biblical times. It was a staple food. It was spread on bread, mixed with flour to make bread, and used for anointing and religious offerings.
The widow was about to witness God’s endless supply chain. Elisha told him to go and borrow empty containers, emphasizing: “Not too little”. (v. 3) She then had to bring the vessels home, close the door and pour the oil she had in the vessels. As she did, God’s supply chain opened and oil flowed like a river from that little pot until every vessel was filled. “She come and said to the man of God, and he said,” Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live off the rest. “(4: 7) God is one God of wonders, He provided exactly what she needed.
I love this time of year, the twinkling lights, the smells, the decorations and the cheerful music, but let’s not focus on the temporal things but embrace the true meaning of Christmas. The supernatural birth of our Lord. Many babies became kings, only one king became a baby. “For a child is born to us, and his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God.” (Isa 9: 6) Rejoice in the love of Christ as the curtain closes on another Thanksgiving and the Christmas season takes center stage. May we celebrate and gather our “not too little” vessels with “live grace and hold on to the divine promise, that our“ God will supply all needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus ”.
May your Christmas season be filled with blessings and overflowing joy as you celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord.
Eddie Turner has a Masters in Christian Ministry and a Bachelor of Science in Religion / Christian Counseling.