Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 26, 2015

“It is well.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 4:18-37.

“18 When the child was grown, the day came that he went out to his father to the reapers.  19 He said to his father, “My head, my head.” And he said to his servant, “Carry him to his mother.”  20 When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her lap until noon, and then died.  21 She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door behind him and went out.  22 Then she called to her husband and said, “Please send me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and return.”  23 He said, “Why will you go to him today?  It is neither new moon nor sabbath.”  And she said, “It will be well.”  24 Then she saddled a donkey and said to her servant, “Drive and go forward; do not slow down the pace for me unless I tell you.”  25 So she went and came to the man of God to Mount Carmel.

When the man of God saw her at a distance, he said to Gehazi his servant, “Behold, there is the Shunammite.  26 Please run now to meet her and say to her, ‘Is it well with you?  Is it well with your husband?  Is it well with the child?’”  And she answered, “It is well.”  27 When she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught hold of his feet.  And Gehazi came near to push her away;  but the man of God said, “Let her alone, for her soul is troubled within her;  and the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me.”  28 Then she said, “Did I ask for a son from my lord?  Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me’?”

29 Then he said to Gehazi, “Gird up your loins and take my staff in your hand, and go your way;  if you meet any man, do not salute him, and if anyone salutes you, do not answer him;  and lay my staff on the lad’s face.”  30 The mother of the lad said, “As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.”  And he arose and followed her.  31 Then Gehazi passed on before them and laid the staff on the lad’s face, but there was no sound or response.  So he returned to meet him and told him, “The lad has not awakened.”

32 When Elisha came into the house, behold the lad was dead and laid on his bed.  33 So he entered and shut the door behind them both and prayed to the Lord.  34 And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth and his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands, and he stretched himself on him; and the flesh of the child became warm.  35 Then he returned and walked in the house once back and forth, and went up and stretched himself on him;  and the lad sneezed seven times and the lad opened his eyes.  36 He called Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite.”  So he called her.  And when she came in to him, he said, “Take up your son.”  37 Then she went in and fell at his feet and bowed herself to the ground, and she took up her son and went out.”  2 Kings 4:18-37.

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The Shunammite woman showed her faith.

She laid her dead son on the bed of Elisha, the man of God, believing that God could resurrect her son.

She replied to her husband, “It will be well”, believing in the resurrection of the dead.

She was not daunted by the journey to Elisha, “Then she saddled a donkey and said to her servant, “Drive and go forward;  do not slow down the pace for me unless I tell you.”, showing the steadfastness of her faith.

She answered to Elisha, “It is well.”, showing the present peace that faith produces.

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,”  Romans 5:1.

And, although Hebrews Chapter 11, the “Hall of Fame of Faith”, does not specifically name this Shunammite woman, Hebrews 11:35 does generally state that by faith, “Women received back their dead by resurrection …”  as this Shunammite woman by her faith received back her dead son by resurrection.

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