And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her, afar off, he recognized her and sent Gehazi to meet her. The prophet entreated him to ask, “Is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child?” And she answered, “It is well.” The closer she got to the Word of God, her faith increased even the more; she is no longer saying “it shall be well”, she is now saying—“it is well.” Right there she shifted from belief to knowing and the knowing cannot be changed. Why? She got the revelation that God’s Word would produce what she sought because Faith said “My confidence rests in knowing the One who spoke life into existence and His Word is immutable.”(Isaiah 55:11) Simply put, she made the shift when ‘rhema’ became ‘logos’.
Yes, it was Elisha who prophesied she would have a son, but it was God who gave him the revelation. The power of God and His mysteries are never recognized; they are always revealed: as the prophet states in verse twenty-seven: “And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet; but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.”
Observe how the Shunammite guarded her words with even more care, in explaining the situation concerning her son’s condition to the prophet. Her explanation was wrapped in questions: Then she said, “Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say do not deceive me?” Elisha immediately sent Gehazi to her house with his staff and instructions not to speak to anyone along the way and to lay his staff upon the face of her son. Even with that, she refused to leave the prophet. “As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.” Simply put, she would not let go of his feet until he blessed her son. (Genesis 32:26) Possibly, she appreciated the gesture of Elisha sending Gehazi ahead to heal her son, but she knew the true healing power of God rested on Elisha. (2 Kings 2:13-14).
The problem with many of us when we pray we do not stay on our knees long enough to get a breakthrough. We need to stop clinging to traditions, worrying about time-frames, and cling to the altar until our breakthrough comes from Jehovah Rophi. Here we must ask God to teach us how to pray. Again, be still and know that He is God! On your knees is where the strength of God comes to assist you in warfare—this is how Jacob prevailed—the power of God was with him and this is how you fight and win your battles! (Genesis 32:28).
When Elisha rose up he followed her. Although Gehazi obeyed the man of God’s exact words, he was unable to raise up the child. And he ran back and told Elisha—“the child is not awaked.”
Upon arriving to the Shunammite woman’s house, Elisha observed the condition of her son. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. He separated himself from the mother and Gehazi and prayed. Just as Jesus did when he went into Jairus’ daughter’s room, he closed the door on all distractions—only his inner circle and the child’s parents were allowed to enter in with him. His words to Jairus were “Be not afraid, only believe.” And he raised the child with a word of power and authority. (Mark 5:35)
Here Elisha placed himself upon the child as though the child’s dead body was a reflection of his own. His mouth upon the child’s mouth as in the name of Jehovah, breathing into him the breath of a living soul, his eyes on the child’s eyes as they might again be opened by the light of the Word and his hands to the child’s hands physically strengthening his body. Her son’s flesh waxed warm. (2 Kings 4:34)
But Elisha was still not yet done. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro as one in constant vigilance and solemn prayer. Is it not written watch and pray? We are not secure just in watching or in just praying. We need the combination of both as we must observe to see and hear what the Lord’s actions are concerning a matter. In this way we receive precise instructions. Elisha went up again and stretched himself upon the child who sneezed seven times then opened his eyes. (2 Kings 4:35)
And he called Gehazi, and said, “Call this Shunammite.” So he called her. And when she was come in unto him he said, “Take up thy son.” Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took her son, and went out. (2 Kings 4:36-37).
Like the one leper who returned to give Jesus thanks (Luke 17: 15-19)—because of her obedience to the Word and faith in God, her son was once again made whole.
The Take Away
You see, the mind is a battlefield where Satan tries to plant seeds of fear, unbelief, discouragement, depression and even suicide which develop into mind fields. These ‘mind fields’ are places of darkness which give the enemy free course to operate in your thought processes. We must contend with the darkness hiding in those places of our minds.
This is why it is imperative for us to allow the word of God to transform our minds which routes out these seeds by the light of the Word. And keep our minds from retaining negative thoughts—thereby, protecting us from unbelief and the shaking of our faith.
Before this woman, of abundant faith, closed the prophet’s door on her son’s situation, she had already chosen to follow God. Her wealth and social status did not distract her from doing the work of the LORD. She traveled upon a path He had preordained for her life. (Proverbs 3:5)
This Shunammite woman was not overwhelmed by the challenge she faced. She merely said “it is well”. In this trial she took it one step at a time and did what the circumstances required according to the Spiritual Law of Speaking. And in so doing the LORD gave her the strength and help she needed to see it through to a miraculous end. (Psalm 27:1-6)
This woman of great esteem and hospitality received what she believed because she kept on the helmet of salvation—and did not leave it in her closet collecting dust on a shelf. This allowed her to maintain an unshakable faith which she placed in the God she knew could not fail. And in due season made all things right! (Psalm 1)
From my book Faithwalkers: How to Survive in the Desert of Hopelessness.
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