Faith of Elisha XII


Daryl listens to Elisha's stories of faith
Daryl listens to Elisha’s stories of faith
2 KINGS 8:1-6 NKJV

Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the Lord  has called for a famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years.” So the woman arose and did according to the saying of the man of God, and she went with her household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years. It came to pass, at the end of seven years, that the woman returned from the land of the Philistines; and she went to make an appeal to the king for her house and for her land. Then the king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me, please, all the great things Elisha has done.” Now it happened, as he was telling the king how he had restored the dead to life, that there was the woman whose son he had restored to life, appealing to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed a certain officer for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, and all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the land until now.”

2 Kings 8:1-6 is a story of ridiculous coincidence. In this passage we see the return of the Shunammite woman whose son was raised from the dead by Elisha in 2 Kings 4. The woman decides to return to Israel as a result of a famine. When she returns to see the king she walks in at the very moment that Elisha’s assistant Gehazi was telling the king how her son was from the dead. That moment of ridiculous coincidence led the king to give the woman her land back. To God there is no such thing as coincidence.

Think about those moments in your life you thought were coincidence. Chances are that you can look back and see God at work and that what you thought was a coincidence was really a divine appointment God scheduled for you. More importantly, you should keep yourself available for those divine appointments because God will schedule them again. Be bold in your faith and instead of waiting for God to bring those “coincidences” into your life, be proactive and ask God to bring these moments into your life more frequently. Remember, there is no such thing as a coincidence when you fully make yourself open to being used by God. Describe a time when you experienced a coincidence. How did you see God at work in this situation?

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2 thoughts on “Faith of Elisha XII

  1. Thank you dear brother Daryl for these messages on Elisha. Todays touched me deeply for I have seen again and again that all coincidence moments are of God’s design. I have said this since the night I was ordained nearly 40 years ago…”Coincidence is the handiwork of God.” You and Joyce are loved deeply…Ted

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