Conclusion

Last week we learned that the Shunammite woman had been observing Elijah go to and fro in her village that she discerned he was a holy man. She and her husband agreed to build Elijah a bed chamber so that when he visited their village he’d have someplace to stay. And for that kindness, he asked his armorbearer Gehazi what he could do for the Shunammite woman who turned down his offer for royal protection. So Gehazi informed Elijah they had no child. Despite her husband’s condition and her thinking it to be a joke, Elijah prophesied they’d have a child and they did. ..

One day when the child was grown…

Right here some of you might conclude —‘and they lived happily ever after’, but that was simply not the case…One day when the child was grown he went into the fields where his father and the servants were reaping. And he said unto his father, “My head, my head.” So the father instructed the servant to take the lad to his mother, where he sat him on her knee till noon, and then died. (2 Kings 4:19-20)

She never spoke any negativity into the atmosphere concerning her son’s condition. She laid him upon the prophet’s bed and shut the door.

A man who has no control of his spirit is like a city without walls—there is no defense. (Proverbs 25:28) When overwhelming trouble comes your spirit has to be fortified so the enemy cannot come in and wreak havoc by planting seeds of fear, unbelief, and discouragement—weakening your faith. Fear tries to get us to give up, but faith takes us all the way through to victory! It is our Christian obligation to shut the door on unbelief and walk with absolute faith in order to see a miracle from God.

Here the Shunammite had to allow the peace of God that passes all understanding to guard her heart and mind through Christ Jesus. She needed to be in a place of peace to accurately discern this spiritual environment.  Before any of us are assured of effective warfare against the enemy we must know the environmental factors.  

She did not reveal their son’s condition, even to her husband, when she requested a servant and a donkey to seek out Elisha. When he asked where she was going she simply said, “it shall be well.”  She spoke faith into the situation and prophesied a future for her son. This woman did not give the enemy anything to work with. If she was afraid you could not tell by her actions or her words. She did not display any emotions to invoke a negative light on her son’s present condition.

…be still and know that He is God

Here you must be still and know that He is God. Outwardly, she was still and quiet, but within her spirit, she could be crying out to God. In her heart, she might believe God pass what she saw. Conceivably, in her spirit, she is thanking and praising God, in advance, for her son’s deliverance, or maybe meditating on the Word of God. 

Perhaps, in her spirit, she heard an abundance of rain. In other words, she knew the miracle of God was imminent; it just had not yet arrived to her son. Even if her blessing did come in the size of a man’s hand —-she had to get the right man of God to lay his hand on the situation. Hence her strategy was to get the presence of God in the room where her son lay.

This level of faith hinges on the capacity to keep your emotions under control in every situation. Do not be fearful, only be courageous. In such instances, the only one who needs to hear a word from you is God—whether spoken or not. Is it not written—Likewise the Spirit helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27) Establishing and continuing your spiritual relationship with God is of paramount importance. Trust in Him to keep His Word; for He holds His Word above His name! (Psalm 138:2).

From my book Faithwalkers: How to Survive in the Desert of Hopelessness.

May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Stay tuned for the conclusion next week. Thank you for your continued readership and support.….Blessings and Peace! 

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