The Shunammite women in 2 Kings 4:8-37 was a faithful servant to the prophet Elisha. Every time he passed through the city; she would make sure he was fed. She knew he was a man of God; she had a room built for him to rest when he passed through town. Elisha gave the Shunammite woman a miracle because of her faithfulness. Her simple deed of kindness and faithfulness toward Elisha and his servant prompted them to find a way to say thank you to this woman. We know a miracle is an act in which God reveals himself to man. He spoke life to her womb and she conceived a son. A few years later he died.
The day her son died she carried him up to Elisha's chamber, laid him down, and shut the door. She grabbed a servant and a donkey instructing the servant to go as fast as he can. Shunem to Mount Carmel at its closest point is 33 miles. We know the number 33 is connected with God’s promises. The Shunammite woman sat for 33 miles as her son laid dead in Elisha’s bed. 33 miles being pulled by a donkey that’s galloping 40 miles per hour.
I can only imagine what she was thinking as she sat there bursting with emotions! I didn’t ask for this child! God, you gave him to me, just to take him away? I was being a servant to your servant wanting nothing in return. How could you let me get so attached to someone knowing that you were going to take him away? I imagine her rage, anger, and fear! In all of the emotions, she's still going toward the one who gave her the miracle.
1 Peter 5:7 assures us that having a relationship with God is being able to cast all cares on Him. The same God who formed you in your mother’s womb knew that He would give you a child, a job, a career, parents, relationships, and even marriages that would die, dissolve and be dysfunctional. That same God who allowed a thing to die is the same God that will allow anything to be resurrected!
Elisha provided the miracle but the Shunammite woman went to recover the promise! Elisha’s servant went before them to heal her child, he didn’t come back to life. Elisha prayed over the promise, yet no movement. Then he laid himself on her son, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes and hands to hands and there was nothing! Not until the 3rd time the prophet stretched himself over her son, her miracle, did he come back to life!
She wasn't worried about what Elisha was doing she was waiting on her promise! Do not be discourage when the enemy comes to snatch, devour, entangle, or destroy what God himself has given you! Hold on to your miracle and redeem your promise. For the miracles and promises God has given you that has gone awry, keep your head up, go to God, the miracle worker and the promise keeper!
Guest Blogger, Eunice Strickland
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