“And he said, wherefore wilt thou go to him today? It is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, it shall be well.” (2 Kings 4 vs 23). Please read 2 Kings 4 vs 8-37
I try not to imagine how this mother must have felt when her only child died. It is something that none of us as parents would ever want to face. This Shunammite woman had given up hope of ever having a child, but her act of kindness to Elisha opened the door to her blessing. She gave birth just as Elisha told her she would, and all was well until one day the child fell ill while working in the field with his father. “And he said unto his father, my head, my head and he said to a lad, carry him to his mother” (2Kings 4 vs. 19). But even after the child died his mother refused to believe that it was over.
After the death of her son, she could have given up and accepted the fact that he was gone, but Instead, she put her faith to the test. She did three things that activated her faith, she placed the child on Elisha’s bed, because it was in that very room that God spoke to her through Elisha and told her that she would have given birth to a son. She went back to the place where it started. Then with the help of her servant she went quickly to go see Elisha, because there was no time to waste, she had a great need that required immediate attention, and finally she never gave fear and doubt any room to operate, she kept on saying it is well even though she knew very well that her son had died. How was her faith rewarded? God raised her son from the dead (2 Kings 4 vs 35). What is your catalyst of faith? The only thing that kept that Shunammite woman’s faith going was the fact that she was without children and God gave her a child and if God gave her a miracle before she believed that he would have done it again.
But some things will require us to close the door on even the very people who are close to us and have a one and one with God. Imagine if Elisha hadn’t closed the door to the distractions? Wouldn’t it look weird to see him lying face down on that child? Where is your secret place to meet with the Lord? Psalms 91 has become very popular in this season than ever before because people are searching for that secret place. It talks about a place where we are protected under the shadow of God himself (Psalms 91 vs 1). In that secret place miracles happen; deliverance happens and there is no fear. In that place we are empowered and confident, that no matter how strong and how great in number our enemies are, they cannot hurt us (verse 7). In that secret place it is well! because God is with us. This is my declaration today, that it is well with me and my family and it is well with my soul. What is your declaration?
Sing with me, it is well with my soul written by Horatio Spafford.
When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll, Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to know, It is well, it is well with my soul…………
Though this hymn was written out of nothing short of despair and great loss, it has become one of the greatest hymns of all time.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please help me to keep hope alive in my heart, knowing that all is well if you are with me in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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