Faith of Elisha IX


2 KINGS 6:1-7 NKJV

And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us. Please, let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell.” So he answered, “Go.” Then one said, “Please consent to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.” So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax  head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, “Alas, master! For it was borrowed.” So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.” So he reached out his hand and took it.

Elisha’s life seemed full of strange and ridiculous moments. One of the strangest comes in 2 Kings 6:1-7. In this passage we find a group of prophets cutting down trees with axes that will be used to build new homes. One of prophets loses his ax head into the water and he becomes upset because it was borrowed. Elisha responds by taking a stick and throwing it into the place in the water where the ax head fell. The ax head immediately floats back to the surface. When you first read this story, it may seem like there is no purpose to it, but there is much to learn from this story. God cares about what you’ve lost. No concern is too small to our God, even a lost ax head.

What have you lost? Have you lost a blessing, a relationship, peace, financial strength, your reputation, or something else? The good news is that God cares so much about whatever you’ve lost that He can help you recover what you’ve lost. God can help you find what you lost by beginning to look at where it fell. Go back to where you got off track and allow God to help put you back on track. You may need to stop something and start doing something different. Your ax head isn’t gone; it’s just where you left it. God can defy gravity to give it back to you. What have you lost that you need God to help you reclaim? How will you go about doing it?

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