2008-09-22 - Elisha: The Miracle Worker

Through faith, Elisha healed a child. (2 Kings 4:8-37, Hebrews 11:35)

Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, "Call the Shunammite." And he did. When she came, he said, "Take your son." She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out. (2 Kings 4:36-37 NIV)

God put Elisha in a position to help and heal people. He performed miracles and was the successor of the prophet Elijah's ministry. Elisha put his faith into action when a mom tracked down the prophet to heal her son. Upon hearing the news that  the boy had died, Elisha sent his assistant Gehazi on ahead of them. Gehazi was armed with Elisha's staff (representing the power of God), and was instructed to lay it on the child's face. When he did so and the boy's condition did not change, Elisha went into the room, alone, with the dead boy.

Elisha didn't waver in his faith that God's healing power would spring forth. He trusted in the Lord's healing abilities. Even if the first plan didn't provide successful results, Elisha still looked to God.

Elisha was believing for a miracle. He closed the door into the room and prayed, asking God to return life to the boy, and then he touched the boy's body. The child sneezed seven times and opened his eyes! His mother came into the room and fell at Elisha's feet, and then the two left the room.

How often do we ignore God when a plan doesn't work out the way we expect? Why is it that we don't involve God, who always wants what is best for us? (See Psalm 84:11 and Isaiah 48:17)

Lord, I pray that my faith in You will not waver, even if a situation does. May I be ready to be a vessel You can use. Like the prophet Elisha, I want to help get Your message across and bring Your miracles to pass. In Jesus'name I pray, Amen.


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