Sunday, April 20, 2014

2 Kings 3-4

Elisha's connection to God is such a welcomed breath of fresh air in 2 Kings 3-4 especially since so many are disconnected from God.  This man, a well-known prophet, has an awesome relationship with God, and people near and far know it.  They can see it.  With Elisha's help, the two divisions of God's people, Israel and Judah, unite against Moab and win.  Elisha also helps a widow who has nothing but olive oil to her name, and brings a Shunammite's son back to life.  Elisha's work with God is amazing, above and beyond anything else that is happening during this time.  Elisha's faith in God makes all the difference in so many people's lives.  

God makes all the difference in the world, in our lives too.

I read through Elijah's ministry, and I can't help but think of Jesus.  It's like we're getting a little preview of the Messiah that is to come.  We have a tiny glimpse of the perfect, life-saving, life-giving, contagious faith that comes to us in Jesus so many years later. 

Thank goodness Christ is risen and lives to make all the difference, not only for our eternal lives, bur for our lives today, right now.

All we have to do, like the Shunammite woman, is leave lots of room for God in our lives.  And like the widow with the olive oil, God wraps us in His strong arms and takes care of us.  

The transforming love of Christ is here, ready to work in us.  The mighty power of God is within reach for us.  Jesus suffers for us, not to get rid of it but to redeem it with new life.  His indwelling Spirit fills us, heals us, and uses us for a life of more.

The skies are no limit when we make room for God.   

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

I thank You for Your Son, Jesus, who suffered on the cross to make all the difference in my life.  Forgive me for all the ways I take Your saving grace for granted.

Help me give You all the room You need to work in my life, so that my faith makes a differences in the lives of those around me.  

I want to do amazing things for You, Lord.  Make me an instrument of Your grace, and to You, be all the glory!

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit I pray,

Love of Christ,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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