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The unfairness of life is just one more good reason to believe in God, and in due season He will make all things right. Such is the case of the Shunammite woman…
The prophet Elisha just left a poor widow’s house where God performed a miracle of provision. (2 Kings 4:1-7) He now stops by Shunem, a town, on a road he often traveled. In this place resides a woman of great esteem, who is quite hospitable and whose husband had a vast estate.
We should carefully note this woman’s name was never mentioned, which means anyone in her station could open this door of blessings. And in station, it is here meant not only her financial position but also her mindset and motives. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (I Corinthians 15:57)
It is also important to emphasize she was hospitable. With all of her wealth and influence, she was most concerned with advancing the needs of others instead of her own social status. Hospitality and servanthood are one and the same. The crux of Jesus’ ministry rested on the fact he did not come to be served—but, he came to be a servant and to fulfill his ministry so in all of his works God would be glorified. (Matthew 20:28)
True hospitality is not just a ministry in the church or entertainment in your home, but a prerequisite for ministry wherever a true Christian goes. And in so doing, the recipient is touched by the incorruptible love of God.
In verse eight we read, ‘And she constrained him to eat bread.’ She must have pled with the prophet to dine at her table; as he probably had little use for being in the company of those of great reputation. Elisha had no desire for these things; he had no worldly agendas—his gifts made room for him. His communion with God was of the utmost importance, of which he could not allow himself such distractions.
As with Elisha, so should this determination be with us. The Lord is seeking those who truly belong to Him; who will obey his direction to fulfill His purposes and who will not hesitate to do exactly what he asks. Are you one of His? Or do you still have one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom of God? Are you halt between two opinions? Is this one indecision costing you numerous distractions through time—thus costing you time? Time is a commodity you cannot afford to waste—once gone it is impossible to get back. We must work while it is day for when night time comes no man worketh. With God’s help, we must redeem the times!
May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Stay tuned for Part Two next week. Thank you for your continued readership and support.….Blessings and Peace!
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