In 2 Kings 4, we learn about a certain woman who made a bed for Elisha in her own house and even fed him each time he was coming to and fro in her countryside. She did so many things for the benefit of Elisha, who was a servant of God. For this reason, we will read a portion of this chapter, in order to give what I say some perspective. The story goes, 1“on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.” (2 Kings 4:8-11) This type of generosity and kindness for a man of God is out of this world amazing. And because of her faith, her son, who was dead, was brought back to life by the hand of God, through Elisha. And what you must realize is that our kindness towards others in God’s kingdom pays big dividends later on in life and in heaven. Surely, treasures are built up in heaven for these people who love on people and supply their needs. Now, the blessings came in 2 Kings 8, where we learn that there was a great famine upon the land. However, she was not affected by it, for 2“Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.” (2 Kings 8:1)
So God was with this woman, who helped Elisha, in these difficult times of the famine. She was even given knowledge and a direction of where she should go, which was the land of the Philistines. This she stayed until the famine was over. It was later on that her house and land was restored to her in full. This was a sign of God’s hand softening the king’s heart, who allowed this. That story goes like this. 2“And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land. And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done. And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life. And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.” (2 Kings 8:2-6) Wow! Isn’t it amazing how everything worked out for her good in the end? She was kept safe during the famine and then came back to fully owning her house and her land once again. If you cannot see God’s hand in this, then I do not know what to say. Just realize that by helping the less fortunate and full-time missionaries, you are doing a service to God that is yielding much fruit on earth and in heaven.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that more people will develop a generous and kind heart. That more people will desire to help the less fortunate, and also give what they can for their needs. I know that I have gained a lot from the jobs You have given me, so it is the least I can do to help other people who have fallen into difficult and dark times. Lord, help me find people like this, that I might pray with them, and help them in their time of need. I will do all that I am able, with Your by my side. You are the supplier of all of our needs, and I just pray that what I have to offer will bless other people’s lives. I may not be rich, but what I do have can go a long way to helping Your kingdom and those in it. Lord, take everything that You have given me now and allow others to benefit because of it. You have given me so much and are also able to take away. As for me, please take and give to the homeless, the pour, the full-time missionaries, and anyone else who is hurting financially right now. Who is it for me to take and not give to someone else who is more in need than myself. My money is Your money. I love You more than what money can give me. What brings me the greatest joy, Lord, is what Your money and my service can do for the growth of Your kingdom. Surely, I am only a spec of sand on a seashore, but if more people were willing to give to others in need, then more and more people would be blessed also. Lord, it is my desire to deliver peace, even the peace that goes beyond our own comprehension. The peace, joy, love, and compassion, that can only come from You. So dwell with me all my days, that people will see You in me. I only wish to be a blessing in other people’s lives, not a burden. I love You, Lord. It is a great pleasure to also love my neighbors as myself. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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