2 Kings 4:2 (KJV), “And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not anything in the house, save a pot of oil.”


This widow called a pot of oil nothing, and you’ll agree with her because she needed to ransom her sons who were taken as slaves because of the debt their father owed. A pot of oil is certainly useless in this situation, yet, that was all she had.

The pot of oil was nothing before God stepped in, in like manner, all that you have are all nothing if God has not stepped in yet. Your certificates, qualifications, skills, and connections are all nothing, they’ll never be good enough to ransom your soul or that of your loved ones.


In Mark 8:36-37 (KJV), Jesus says, “what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”.

What shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Nothing! All hope is not lost. Just like the widow In today’s text did, if you will only commit your “nothing” to God, he’ll make something great and beautiful out of it. He is able to save to the outermost (Hebrews 7:25); He will save any and everyone that will come to him.

Isaiah speaking of Jesus said, “a bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth (Isaiah 42:3 KJV).

Even if you’re as weak and delicate as a bruised reed or an irritating, choking, smoking flask without light, Jesus will make a wonder out of you, if you will only commit yourself to him.

Go into today knowing that Jesus can take your nothing and make something great and beautiful out of it if you would only totally surrender to Him.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I surrender all that I am and have to you, take it and use me for your glory. Amen!

—Dr. Emmanuel James

Yearly Plan: Psalms 114-116 (In Today’s Audio)

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