So, there is this ‘really’ amazing story in 2 Kings 13:14-25. Elisha, the prophet is very sick. There is some fighting going on and Elisha consults the King, even on his death bed; however, Elisha does soon die. Apparently, they do bury Elisha, but when another man who has also died is placed in the grave with Elisha – “As soon as the [dead] man touched the bones of Elisha, he came to life and stood on his feet” (2 Kings 13:21). The text does not disclose who this man was or if he is even an important character in the story. I believe it doesn’t matter because our focus should be on the fact that Elisha was dead, but still able to give others life! Can you imagine being a witness to that?
As I think about Elisha and the prophets, their faith and relationship with God had to be so deep, that they even exhibited the characteristics of God. God lived in them, was a part of them, and used them for His glory. Was it easier then to have that kind of trust and faith in God because they did not have the distractions that we have today? I think perhaps…Because they had nothing else to put their faith in – except for themselves. And, that is always a mistake. Elisha and the other prophets would have conversations with God. They knew God! I believe that it was through their relationship with God, the trust and the faith worked both ways!
Let us pray…Gracious God, help us to deepen our relationship with you so that you will entrust us to glorify you in ways we cannot even imagine or fathom. Take away the distractions in our day-to-day lives so that our focus is on you. Lord, we love you so much. Amen.