I’ve been studying Elisha: A Tale of Ridiculous Faith in my Bible app. In 2 Kings 4:10, a woman built a room on the roof of her house for the Man of God. Because of her obedience, Elisha asked her for anything she wanted. She did not give him an answer, however, his servant Gehazi noticed that she had no son. Therefore, Elisha promised her that within a year she would have a son. A year later, she had a son. Several years later, that same son was working in the field. He complained of a bad headache, and died. The woman traveled to see Elisha and ASKED for her son to be healed. Elisha came to her home, and healed her son.
This morning I read, 2 Kings 8:1-6. The Man of God told this same woman to flee the country because a famine was coming. He also told her the famine would last seven years. The woman obeyed the Man of God, and 7 years later, she returned to that country. She went to the king to ASK for her home and her land back (restoration). Matthew 19:29 says that anyone who has left houses, land, or family, for His name’s sake, shall receive 100 times as much. This woman was willing to ASK for her stuff back. I am amazed at her courage and her boldness!
In my opinion, there are no coincidences with God….. When the woman returned to her homeland and went to see the king to ask for her stuff back, he “just so happened” to be talking with Gehazi (Elisha’s servant) and he “just so happened” to be telling the king about how her son was raised from the dead. Coincidence? I think not.
When she arrived, the king wanted to hear the whole story, so she told him. Afterwards, the king assigned her an officer to take care of her (provision), AND he said, “Make sure she gets everything back that’s hers (restoration), PLUS all profits from the farm from the time she left until now (reward).”
First, the woman obeyed. Second, she got back everything she left behind in her obedience. Third, she was rewarded not only by getting back what she had left behind, but also, the PROFITS for every year she was gone!
When we sacrifice and obey God, He will return unto us everything we have sacrificed, and then some! Living a life of obedience is, at times, thrilling, and at other times scary, but most importantly, it’s always rewarding! Listen for His still, small voice and then obey. God has so much more for you!
What is He asking you to do? Have you done it?