Word 4U Today

A Notable Woman or Man

A Notable Woman or Man

‘…Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman…’ 2 Kings 4:8 NKJV

The Bible says:‘…Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. And she said to her husband…“Let us make him a small upper room…and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lamp stand…’’’ (vv. 8-10 NKJV). Observe:

  1. Make room for whatever you need more of. You don’t get what you ‘want’ in life; you get what you ‘prepare for’. Because this woman was generous to Elisha, she bore a child even when she was no longer able to and her child later being raised from the dead when sickness claimed him. When you make room for God in your life; you make room for the blessings that come with Him.
  2. Notice the four things she put in the prophet’s room:
    • A bed. There are times when you must run, and there are times when you must rest. Indeed, if you don’t learn to slow down, you’ll break down.
    • A table. You need spiritual food to nourish your soul. If you plan to keep giving out, you must keep taking in.
    • A chair. This speaks of study. ‘Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth’ (2 Timothy 2:15 AMP).
    • A lamp. A place of illumination. Even after you’ve studied long and hard, you need the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to your heart. And that’s how to become a notable woman (or man)!

What now?

That thing you’re doing through gritted teeth, or with a bitter edge (think honestly)? Ask God for the grace to do it gladly. Then, make the decision to do it with a smile, whether or not you’re feeling it.

cmo

November 11th, 2013

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