ON THE MESSAGE THIS WEEK: THE ANSWER IS EN-ROUTE
KEY VERSE: “...SHUNEM, WHERE (THERE) WAS A GREAT WOMAN” (II KINGS 4:8).
The Bible calls this lady ‘a great woman’. That’s because she had a ‘great’ strategy for her life. She prepared a bedroom in her house for Elisha the prophet to use when he passed through her town. What a woman! As a result she got her heart’s desire: a baby boy. Her and (her husband) received a miracle. And later when her son died suddenly, God used Elisha to raise him from the dead.
Notice three things in this woman’s story: i) She made room for God ii) Her dream came to pass iii) When her dream died, God brought it back to life (see vv. 36-37). When her son died, the neighbours probably told her, ‘It’s over. Go ahead & bury him.’ But she refused to accept the opinions of unbelieving people or discuss her situation with those who were unqualified to help. Be careful who you open up to in a crisis! Make sure they know God, and that their words line up with His. This woman believed that if God started it, He could finish it. If He made it, He could fix it.
The Bible tells us Elisha stretched his body on top of the dead boy, and he got warm. But this boy needed more than warmth - he needed life. So Elisha stretched out on top of him again, and now he became fully alive. There’s a lesson here for us. No matter how bad things look, stay on top of the situation by believing God. Walk the floor and pray all night if you have to, but keep standing on His Word. Your dream may not yet be fully alive, but it’s getting warm. Things are improving... God is moving... the answer’s on the way! God bless.
(Extracts from ucb, wordfortoday)
Did you know: There are almost 20 different passages in the Bible where it is mentioned that we are God's people.
Ref: Jeremiah 32:38 / Ezekiel 14:11 / Zechariah 8:8 / 2 Corinthians 6:16 / Hebrews 8:10 / Ezekiel 11:20 / Ezekiel 37:23 / Jeremiah 7:23 / Jeremiah 31:33 / Ezekiel 37:27 / Jeremiah 31:1 / Revelation 21:3 / Exodus 6:7 / Leviticus 26:12 / Jeremiah 11:4 / Jeremiah 30:22 / Ezekiel 36:28.