Fresh Hope – 2nd May 2019

Yesterday I wrote about the desperate widow with one measly jar of oil. In obedience to God, she collected empty jars and trusted God to fill them from her one jar of oil (2 Kings 4:1-7). After Elisha had given her a word of instruction, the scripture said that ‘She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons’. The shutting of the door was a key part of the process as Elisha has specifically asked her to do so.

What is the significance and connection between her breakthrough and shutting the door? Maybe there is something to be said for door shutting!

Shutting of a door implies privacy. Seeking breakthrough requires us to shut the door on the comings and goings of life and meet with God. The widow’s public success was a direct fruit of her shutting the door, and positioning herself privately. There was work to be done in the “secret place”.

Author, Bob Sorge wrote a book about “the secret place” – the private place and space we set aside to hear from God. ‘Until you attend to this responsibility first, you will be constantly frustrated in your inability to uncover the joys of radical obedience. Works of service gain their spiritual energy from the furnace of fiery love and relationship and Jesus’ feet’.

The word “closet” that Jesus uses in Matthew 6:6, comes from a Greek word that can be defined as ‘a secret chamber’ – a place separate from the comings and goings of the house.

Remember that before Jesus is functional, He is relational. That means that He desire is first us, before he does. He wants us to shut the door on things, get us in the closet, with our empty spaces and fill us!

We see many powerful people in the Bible, including Jesus himself, who stepped away and into “the closet”, to make space, and meet with God in the depths of their emptiness and on the cusp of their breakthrough.

As Christians, we cannot underestimate the power of shutting the door, and making space for God to fill our empty jars!

Emma Burchell

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