Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-25; 2 Kings 4:1-44
Heavenly Father, in today’s world loyalty is a lost art. When the going gets tough, most people just pack up and leave. Whether we’re talking about marriages, families, friendships, churches, the workplace, or one’s dreams and goals…
“till death do us part”
isn’t cool in the 21st century.
Elisha was extremely blessed because he committed himself to being by Elijah’s side till the end of his ministry:
And Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to Bethel.” But Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you!” So they went down together to Bethel. –2 Kings 2:2
Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to Jericho.” But Elisha replied again, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together to Jericho. —2 Kings 2:4
Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to the Jordan River.” But again Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together. —2 Kings 2:6
Lord, Elisha was hungry for Your Spirit:
When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.”
And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.”
“You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah replied. “If you see me when I am taken from you, then you will get your request. But if not, then you won’t.” —2 Kings 2:9-10
Father, did You grant His request because of his loyalty, commitment, and desire?
As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!” And as they disappeared from sight, Elisha tore his clothes in distress.
Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak, which had fallen when he was taken up. Then Elisha returned to the bank of the Jordan River. He struck the water with Elijah’s cloak and cried out, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” Then the river divided, and Elisha went across.
When the group of prophets from Jericho saw from a distance what happened, they exclaimed, “Elijah’s spirit rests upon Elisha!” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him. –2 Kings 2:11-15
Heavenly Father, show me where to place my loyalty. Show me where and when to give my total commitment. I want a double portion of Your Spirit. I want to succeed in all that You’ve called me to do. I want the spirit of Elisha!
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-8:15