April 12, 2016

2 Kings 4:30 But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.

This is a very touching story, and an instructive one to us today. The woman being given a child in the first place was a response to her generosity that really wasn’t seeking a reward. That should be an encouragement to us all that, though we aren’t to serve God for the sake of the rewards, our labor won’t go unrewarded. (1 Corinthians 15:58) The second point in the story is that God didn’t tell Elisha immediately what the woman’s immediate problem was right here; he had to deduce it himself from what she said. God does expect us to use the brains he gives us! The third point is in this verse itself: This woman knew she had no solution to her problem, but that if God could give her a child miraculously, then He should be able to raise him from the dead, and Elisha was His servant. He was her only hope. That’s actually pretty clear thinking. Today we tend to cling to medicine or to any of a number of other things rather than to God Himself, who might or might not make use of any or all of those things. What Elisha did for the boy when he got to him has been described as “CPR” by some people, but the time lapse was too great for science alone to account for his recovery; it had to be God. I have read stories just recently of several people who medically had been dead too long to be resuscitated without major brain damage, but who came through without a hitch. God is still in the miracle business!

I’ve seen some miracles, but not a resurrection – yet! Recently my wife has been experiencing rapid recovery from multiple major surgeries, but nothing that would be called miraculous as such. However, I found out just yesterday that her rapid recovery has been discussed among the staff at the rehabilitation center where she goes for her Parkinson’s Disease, and the man who has known us longest said, “It’s because God is with her.” It made me very happy to hear that! Unfortunately, since Japan describes itself as “the land of 8 million gods,” the average Japanese might take that as, “A god is with her.” That wouldn’t do them very much good. However, most of the miracles in the Bible were in a polytheistic context, so I shouldn’t let it discourage me. I need to remain faithful, and make it clear that every good thing that people see in me is because of the Creator of the universe, who loved us all enough to send His Son to die for our sins so that we might live in Him.

Father, I do have the reputation of being Your servant, but I still haven’t seen many people committing themselves to You in faith. I have no idea what the solution is, but I offer myself to You for You to use me however You like, to draw as many as possible into Your family, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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