To Give up Hope

As she approached the man of God at Mount Carmel, Elisha saw her in the distance. He said to Gehazi,"Look, the woman from Shunem is coming.…But when she came to the man of God at the mountain,she fell to the ground before him and caught hold of his feet. Gehazi began to push her away… Then she said, "It was you, my lord, who said I would have a son. And didn't I tell you not to raise my hopes…But the boy's mother said, "As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I won't go home unless you go with me." So Elisha returned with her.

2 Kings 4:25-28, 30 NLT

Who do you run to when something is troubling you deeply?

The Shunammite woman had just lost her son. She was devastated. She had already given up any hopes of having a son. When Elisha asked if she needed anything her response was basically “No, I am fine”. But Elisha knew she didn’t have an heir and promised she would conceive a boy, and she did. (verses 12-17)

Then he dies.

This precious woman most likely felt betrayed. Wouldn’t we? To give up hope of ever having the desire of our heart, then a miracle occurs and it is received only to be taken away! Oh the heartbreak! The pain!

Wouldn’t it had been better to never received it?

So what does she do? She goes to “the man of God”. The one who promised her a son. She let nothing and no one get in her way. Even when Gehazi tried to push her away she pressed on.

She knew who she needed. She needed to speak to the man of God. She needed to speak to Elisha. And furthermore she wasn’t going to leave him until he gave her what she came for.

What about you?  Have you lost hope?

Have you given up on the desire of your heart that is still to be fulfilled? The one you have stopped praying for? God still sees it. He still knows. He hasn’t forgotten.

What if you did have a miracle from God and the desires of your heart we answered only to be taken away? What if it doesn’t look like the way you imagined? God still sees. He still knows. He hasn’t forgotten.

We don’t understand the ways of God. Why would He give a gift to have it taken again? It seems cruel to us. We may wonder if God can be trusted?

Maybe, like in the life of Shunammite, we will have it given again. Maybe there is an even greater miracle yet to be performed. The gift of life, a life raised from the dead!

Maybe not.

But one thing I do know is that while we may feel at the moment it would have been better to never receive, I think in reality we must take another look and see the real gift.

The gift of a miracle. The gift of our hearts desire. Whether it’s for but a moment or a lifetime I believe we must find joy in the gift and the Giver of the gift. Not dwelling on the length of time we had with the gift.

Today I choose to focus on the Giver of the gift. The ONE who gave me the desire of my heart, even if it was too short. Even if it has been taken away or died.

I will run to HIM. I will push all distractions aside. Let no one get in the way. I will not leave His side until I see the miracle He is creating in me. The miracle of His life lived in me and through me.

 

Then Elisha summoned Gehazi. "Call the child's mother!" he said. And when she came in, Elisha said, "Here, take your son!" She fell at his feet, overwhelmed with gratitude.          2 Kings 36-37

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