Friday, August 17, 2012

Everything is going to be ok.

Based on email devotional: The Response of Faith - TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman 08-18-2012

"But she said, “It will be all right.” {2 Kings 4:23}

In the 2 Kings 4 story we see a couple who supported and looked after Elisha when he came through town, offering him food and hospitality. Elisha appreciated that so much that he asked his servant, "what can I do for the lady of the house?" His answer was to give her something she didn't have - a son! I can imagine the joy that this barren woman would have felt when a year later, she held her son in her arms. This was a dream come true! This was an answered prayer! This was her very own miracle!  

Then one day when the baby grew to be a boy, he became very sick and he died. This woman's miracle, her answer to prayer, her promise had died. But you have to look closely at this woman's attitude and heart. She didn't stop everything, call in the rest of the household, call her husband back from the fields and say "Our son is dead, let's mourn for him." In fact she told no-one. "But she said, “It will be all right.” {2 Kings 4:23} This wasn't the end of the story as far as she was concerned. The woman went directly to Elisha to tell him what had happened.  As she was approaching in the distance, Elisha saw her coming and sent his servant to meet her and find out how she and her family was. “Yes,” the woman told Gehazi, “everything is fine.” {2 Kings 4:25} 

When she explained the situation to Elisha, he sent his servant over to the boy to lay his staff over him. The servant reported back with "He's still dead" {2 Kings 4:31} It all looks pretty hopeless until Elisha goes over there and does the job properly! The boy is raised from the dead and given back to his mother. 

I don't know about you, but if my son had died, I would not be saying "Everything is fine, it's going to be ok.". My whole world would turn upside-down! When you first look at it, you wonder, is this woman in denial? Her son is dead, it's NOT fine! But it wasn't denial, it was faith! She knew that everything was going to be ok. She looked at the situation through God's eyes. This is what faith does - it looks beyond what we see and know. Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. {Hebrews 11:1} Faith does not fear. It is confident! 

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MY PRAYER
Dear Lord, help me to remember not to panic when life doesn't turn out the way I think it should. Help me to remember to see life and circumstances through your eyes. I know that your promises and your will is bigger than anything life has to throw at me. Thanks for reminding me about that. 
Amen.

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