Today's devotion from 2 Kings 4.
This chapter is filled with miracles. It records several wondrous acts done by Elisha, both solicited and unsolicited. In some cases these miracles seem to call to mind the works of Elijah, his predecessor. In other cases the works are simply God's reward for hospitality and charity. He brings a dead son to life by lying on him, breathing into his mouth and prevents the death of others by purifying a stew. Truly, Elisha is an amazing and powerful servant of God!
However, we see just the glimpse of a truth we all know, but sometimes forget as the Shunamite mother comes and grieves for her dead son. When she approached Elisha, she apparently fell to her knees and gripped his feet in distress, not knowing where else to turn. In this moment, we see the cold hard truth of Elisha's "so-called" power. It's a sham.
Now, I'm trying to be a bit dramatic here. Elisha hasn't claimed the power was his. However, his words should resonate with us when he nonchalantly identifies the source of the many wondrous works he has done. In verse 27, with this grieving mother on her knees before him, and his servant trying to shoo her away, Elisha calmly states, "Leave her alone—she is in severe anguish,r and the Lord has hidden it from me. He hasn’t told me."
All of his works, every miracle recorded, rested completely on God's divine will. He empowered and instructed Elisha. The prophet didn't miraculously provide oil enough to pay off debts and earn a living wage...that was God through the prophet. The prophet didn't cause this woman to conceive or bring her son back to life...that was God. Elisha didn't purify the poisoned stew...that was God using him. Every act was orchestrated and performed by God through a faithful and called man.
As you consider the calling that God has placed on your life, never forget that you can't bring anyone back from the dead, but that's not for you to do. All you have to do is trust God, live faithfully, and allow Him to do whatever He desire through you.