There are many lessons to be learned from stories
of Elisha. This is the 25th in a series focusing on the life of this
great prophet of God.
“Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, ‘Go away with your family and stay for a while wherever you can, because the LORD has decreed a famine in the land that will last seven years.’ The woman proceeded to do as the man of God said. She and her family went away and stayed in the land of the Philistines seven years. At the end of the seven years she came back from the land of the Philistines and went to the king to beg for her house and land. The king was talking to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, and had said, ‘Tell me about all the great things Elisha has done.’ Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to beg the king for her house and land. Gehazi said, ‘This is the woman, my lord the king, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.’ The king asked the woman about it, and she told him. Then he assigned an official to her case and said to him, ‘Give back everything that belonged to her, including all the income from her land from the day she left the country until now.’” (2 Kings 8:1-6)
If someone told you to leave behind your home and everything you have, move to the Middle East where your enemies live, and stay there for seven years, would you do it? If you had been told the reason why was to survive a famine in your hometown, would it make it any easier? What if there weren’t any signs of a famine when you were told to go? What if you knew that when you came back, you would have lost everything? Would you STILL go?
But what if the one who told you to go was the same one who had raised your son from the dead?
Well . . . Perhaps this WOULD give the advice a TINY bit more credibility! And it seems that the woman of Shunem followed Elisha’s advice without question. But sure enough, when she returned, everything was gone. How disappointed she must have been to find herself homeless and without a livelihood, all because of obedience!
The woman tries everything to recover her land—bankers, lawyers—everything! But to no avail. In desperation, she goes to the king. Just imagine her surprise to find Gahazi, Elisha’s servant, already there ahead of her, telling the king at that VERY moment how Elisha raised HER son from the dead! And imagine her astonishment when the king asks HER to tell the story! Then, when she has finished, he orders that her land be returned, along with all the money would have made on it, had she stayed in Israel!
Friend, God is in the midst of even the worst of your circumstances. If you’ve been obedient to Him and it has resulted in something bad, He is still in control. In the end, you, too, will walk away smiling as you see the wisdom and power and timing of our eternal God and Father. You just have to sit back and wait to see where God is at work!
“Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell Him what to do? Anyone who has done Him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice? Everything comes from Him; Everything happens THROUGH Him; Everything ends up in Him. Always glory! Always praise! Yes. Yes. Yes.” (Rom. 11:35-36, The Message)
Please see next Saturday’s edition of The Nugget
for the final lesson from Elisha.
Love in Christ,