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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
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Crossville, TN. 38557
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Peace Even In Death
In Second Kings is a story about a great woman. I’m not calling her great although I really think she is but the Bible calls her great in 4:8. She was great due to four distinct things as we look at the story laid out before us. She was great because of her spirituality vss. 8-9 says as Elisha passed by this woman’s house she constrained him to come in and eat bread and she said unto her husband “I perceive this is an holy man of God”. She had great spirituality because she had a personal encounter with the prophet of God who was a picture of and represented God on earth. She was great because of her humility vss. 12-13 Elisha asked her what she desired. Would you be spoken of to the king? Or to the captain of the host? But she told him “I dwell among mine own people”, or she did not seek worldly promotion but was content living among her own folks. Also she was great because of her faithfulness. In vss. 23; 26 she knew if God could give her a son and he die, He could also bring that son back to life again. Faith is seeing the heartbreak happen to you and praising God for the good which is going to come out of it. Then she was great because of her thankfulness vs. 37. She fell down at Elisha’s feet and bowed herself to the ground as an act of thanksgiving when Elisha raised him back to life. There are many people whom God blesses and answers prayers for who never come back and thank Him for the blessings or the answers. But through this entire story there is one thing that truly amazes me. It’s not the miracle of the birth of the son. It’s not the fact he was working along with his father in the fields. We live in a time where our younger generation thinks the world owes them a living. We are raising a generation who just won’t work and the Bible says if you don’t work you don’t eat. We don’t owe you a living. Get out and get your own jobs and earn your own way! The fact that Elisha raised him from the dead doesn’t even amaze me that much but what truly amazes me is that this woman can say twice “It shall be well” or “it is well” while her son is laying dead. How many of us could act like this if we were in her situation? How could she say that when facing this calamity in her life? The term “it is well” is translated from the Hebrew word shalom or peace. This woman could say she had peace because of the peace she had in her soul.
This peace came from her stability. Stability means a steadiness; firmness; or the ability to stand without being moved; it also means firmness in character. Her stability is shown in her response to the child’s death. She didn’t go all to pieces, although she may have had a right to do just that. But she held onto the peace only God can give during times like this. Jesus said in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you, let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. And Paul said over in Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. Her stability can also be seen in her response to her husband. In verses 22-23 you can’t help but notice the calmness and peace she exhibits to him.
Her peace also came from her spirituality as seen in verses 22 and 25. She asks her husband to let her run to the man of God and also she came to the man of God on Mount Carmel. In her crisis she sought spiritual help. Many people when facing their crises go to drink or drugs. Many quit church and turn on the very people who can help them. She knew her help would come from the Lord. David wrote in Psalms 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made Heaven and earth”. He also said in Psalms 70:1 “Make haste O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me O Lord”. He is saying, I need help and hurry! I have felt that way many times but God never gets in a hurry but He always shows up on time.
Next, you notice her peace in her speaking. After she got her ride saddled she said to the servant “drive and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee”. She said, full speed ahead! This speaks of the seriousness of the situation as she had no time to waste; she had to get to the man of God for help. Notice as she spoke to Gehazi as he came and asked if everything was alright with her, her husband and the child. She said “It is well”. She didn’t want to get into a conversation with him but she wanted to get to Elisha. When she gets to the man of God she grabs him by the feet and says “Did I desire a son of my lord? Did I not say, do not deceive me?” This was the extent of her complaint. She never blamed God. She never spoke disrespectful at any time but was always respectful and spoke with a calm assurance. We see the same demeanor in Joseph as he was put in the pit and sold into slavery and lied on and went to prison but he never blamed anyone for his crisis. He simply said in Genesis 50:20 as he was talking to his brothers “Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good to bring it to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive”.
Then lastly we see her peace came from her steadfastness. As she fell at Elisha’s feet Gehazi came to thrust her away but Elisha said “Let her alone, for her soul is vexed within her: and the Lord hath hid it from me, and hath not told me”. When he heard her complaint he sent Gehazi with his staff to lay it upon the face of the young child but she stayed with the man of God and said “As the Lord liveth and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee”. This was the same steadfastness which Elisha showed unto Elijah as he followed Elijah a few months back. She didn’t know if Gehazi could help her son but she knew the man of God could and she wasn’t leaving his side until he came. Her steadfastness led to the raising of her son. Elisha went into the room and closed the door to the world. Today a lot of so called prophets and men of God want the world to see all they do for the acclaim and honors the world gives them, but not Elisha. This woman’s peace came from above. It didn’t come from the world or from false hopes and dreams. She didn’t look at the situation but she focused on the one who could overcome the situation. What do you look at when your calamity strikes? Who are you looking to in your crises? Anyone less than God and you are selling yourself short. Look to Him.