Elisha, the prophet, frequently travelled to Shunem. Each time he visited the town, a rich and influential Shunemite woman insisted that he eat a meal at her house.
In time, she realized that Elisha was in her town quite often. Being so, she discussed with her husband the possibility of preparing a spare room for him on the housetop of their home. When Elisha was in town, he would have a comfortable and familiar place to rest and eat. The husband agreed and they prepared the room for him.
She had a good feeling about Elisha and felt he was a holy man of God and wanted to do something nice for him. This is why she took her idea and implemented it to make someone else’s journey a little easier.
We, too, have many thoughts to reach out to the community, volunteer an hour a week, or step out and do a good deed for someone. But how many of those ideas actually come to fruition? Our intentions and heart may be at the right place, but we tend to get busy with our own life that we put it aside for another time or when we intend to slow down.
Proverbs 22:9 (AMP)
He who has a bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.
The woman saw a potential need and pursued in making it happen. Jesus tells us that the poor will always be among us (Matt. 26:11) and if we do the least of these, we are doing it for Him (Matt 25:40).
One night, as Elisha is in his room laying down in bed and relaxing, he’s thinking how can he bless this woman; he asks Gehazi to give her a message.
II Kings 4:13 (AMP)
And he said to Gehazi, Say now to her, You have been most painstakingly and reverently concerned for us; what is to be done for you? Would you like to be spoken for to the king or to the commander of the army? She answered, I dwell among my own people [they are sufficient].
She responds humbly and tells him that she doesn’t need anything; she wasn’t looking to be rewarded or compensated. Elisha thought how can he be kind to this woman who has been so good to him? Gehazi notices two things; no children and spouse is of old age.
This is very important because she has no future generation to carry their wealth and her husband’s name. As we look back to Abraham/Sara, Jacob/Leah, and many more icons in the Bible, having children was the makeup of the family. The more the better; this woman had none. But at some point in her life, she seemed to have accepted her situation and moved on.
Is there anything in our own situation that we seem to be hung up on? Are we holding on to a past experience that doesn’t allow us to move into greater territories in our life? Take a few moments and ponder on this…
Past hurts and negative experiences that we allow to keep in ourselves can cause damaging results in our future if we don’t resolve them. If we find ourselves abusing alcohol, drugs, or deeply falling into anxiety, depression, and suicidal, we should always look deep into our souls and try to remember the cause of it. We will discover that a past trauma such as rejection, abuse, loss in life is the cause of the present trouble. This exercise can be the turning point for many who have carried a burden most of their lives.
The Lord will always open doors for us to escape. However, we need to do our part in recognizing those past hurts and bringing them to the Lord. He will allow us to close past doors or past situations to walk through what He has opened. Only then, will we find the freedom from the wiles of the enemy.
II Kings 4:16 (AMP)
Elisha said, At this season when the time comes round, you shall embrace a son. She said, No, my lord, you man of God, do not lie to your handmaid.
Elisha prophesies to her; gives her the wonderful news that she will bare a son soon. Her response is quite interesting because she calls him a man of God but tells him not to lie to her. She must have said to herself, “I’ve gotten over the fact that I can’t have a child and here comes Elisha bringing me hope again!” Was this a moment of disbelief and uncertainty? I’m quite sure the woman was stunned.
For some reason, the Lord delayed from giving the woman a child. We may never know why but God knows all.
Don’t be discouraged if day in and day out you’ve been asking something from the Lord and it just doesn’t seem it will happen. Our Father knows everything and he may be doing us a big favor by not granting it at this time. Let’s take the example of the Shunemite woman who moved on despite the many petitions she may have come to the Lord with in regards to granting her a child. In her case, she received an outstanding gift from the Lord at His appropriate timing.
Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
In the scripture above, it teaches us a few things: Wait for the Lord and rest in Him. He will give us the strength and power that comes ONLY from Him. We can’t rely on our own abilities because we are sure to fail in what we’re trying to accomplish.
An eagle soars in the sky higher than any other flying animal there is. We are to spiritually fly high as if reaching close to the Lord. Can we reach close to Jesus now? Of course we can! He’s accessible and all we need to do is reach high and allow him to reside in and around us. When we have come into His presence, we’ll be able to run and not tire ourselves, walk and not be sluggish; because we walk in HIS strength and power!!