2017-04-10 - Rewards
“About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.” “No, my lord,” she objected. “Don't mislead your servant, O man of God!” (2 Kings 4:16 NIV)
A Shunammite woman wanted to do something extra nice for Elisha the prophet. With her husband’s support, she set up a small room for him, so he would have a place to stay while in the town of Shunem. To show his appreciation, the prophet asked her if there was anything he could do for her. He could put in a good word to the king or army general on her behalf. She told him that would not be necessary. Then Elisha told the woman that next year, she would have a son. She didn’t want to get her hopes up, as it was her secret desire to have a child. The Shunammite genuinely wanted a child to nurture, but she would not let herself daydream about holding her newborn, or what the addition would mean to her and her husband. The Shunammite wanted to protect herself against disappointment at all costs.
Next year, as Elisha had promised, the woman and her husband had a son, and such excitement and life filled their house! One day when the child was older, tragedy struck. The son was out in the field with his father and complained of a headache. The ache got so severe he began moaning in pain. He was brought into the house and stayed on his mother’s lap. She was a place of comfort for the boy, but soon he died. She carried him upstairs to Elisha’s room and did not tell anyone about her son’s condition. It was Elisha who brought up the idea of this child so it should be Elisha who brings him back, was the mother’s reasoning. This mother went to find Elisha. When she found the prophet, she reprimanded and blamed him. Still, the woman had faith that he would and could be the one to heal her son and bring him back to life. She wasn’t about to accept her son’s death. She was determined to keep her son alive.
Elisha returned with the woman and went into the room, alone with the boy. The Shunammite waited, and then heard her boy sneeze seven times. Soon Elisha gave the son to his mother, alive. The Shunammite mother bowed at Elisha’s feet in awe and thanks.
Lord, I submit my wishes to Your timetable and plan. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.