There are MANY lessons that we can learn from the
prophet Elisha. This is the eighth in a series focusing on the life of
this great prophet.
"When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD. Then he got on the bed and lay upon the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out upon him, the boy's body grew warm. Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out upon him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes." (2 Kings 4:32-35)
So that woman of Shunem received the desire of her heart -- her longed-for son. But something went wrong! When the boy was old enough to be working with his father in the fields, he became suddenly and deathly ill!
Imagine the sorrow of that poor mother! She had waited years and years for a son, and had even given up hope of ever having one. Then, when she does finally receive her heart's desire, he is taken away from her! Her anguish is evident in what she does next. She takes a donkey and rides immediately for Elisha; and when she finds him, she falls at his feet and says: "Did I ask you for a son, my lord? . . . Didn't I tell you, 'Don't raise my hopes'?" (2 Kings 4:28)
Have you ever felt like the woman of Shunem? Have you ever felt that you have finally received your miracle, only to have it snatched from your hands? Maybe you've been praying for a promotion and you receive it, only to have the company you work for close its doors weeks later. Or perhaps, after a long-standing battle with cancer, you have been declared completely cancer-free -- only to find a new tumor a few months later. Or your spouse returned to you, only to leave again the next year. And like the woman of Shunem, have you cried out bitterly to the Lord, "Didn't I tell you, 'don't raise my hopes'?"
It would be a sad story indeed, were it to end here. But it doesn't. Elisha returns to the woman's home. He prays to the Lord. He places himself completely on top of the child and breaths into his mouth and nose. He continues this until the body turns warm and the child sits up and sneezes, alive and well!
Don't give up in the face of negative circumstances, my friends! Remember that the God who gave you your miracle in the first place is still in charge! He will breathe new life into your problem until, like the boy of Shunem, it turns warm, it sits up, and comes back to life! Praise God, it was all paid for at the cross!
See next Saturday's edition of The Nugget for
Elisha, Part 9.
Love in Christ,