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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sitting In Your House

In the book of 2 Kings there is an interesting scene being played out that ministered to me today while reading. I am finishing up a book my father gave me called GLEANINGS FROM ELISHA by Arthur W. Pink.


The scene is set with a great famine that had decimated Israel. It was so severe that mothers were eating their own children. To make matters worse, on top of the famine,the Assyrian army was camped outside of the city gates with all of the food, clothing, and provision they themselves needed. The enemy was well preserved and provided for; the people in the city gates were near death.


An evil king Jehoram, son of the wicked king Ahab, was in charge of the city. This king vowed to cut off the head of Elisha that very day! What was Elisha's response?


" But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him. " (2 Kings 6:32)


The commentary of Author Pink explains how it applies to us very well~


" This verse (scene) needs to be pondered in the light of other Scriptures. For example; " Woso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. (Proverbs 1:33) The one who truly fears the LORD, fears not man; and his heart is preserved from those trepidations which so much disturb the rest and so often torment the wicked."


No, "he shall not be afraid of evil tidings (news); he shall neither have alarming anticipations of such, nor be dismayed when they actually do arrive. And why not? Because "his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD." (Psalm 112:7)"


" Rumors do not shake him, nor does he quake when they are authenticated, for he is assured that his "times" are in the hand of the LORD. " (Psalm 31:15) " And therefore is he kept in peace. In the light of all that is recorded of him, who can doubt that Elisha and his companions had been on their knees before the throne of grace, and now calmly awaited events.



" That is the holy privilege of the saints in times of acutest stress and distress; to " rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him." (Psalm 37:7)


The Apostle Paul tells us that these events were recorded for our example, our admonition and our direction. Would that we would memorize the events and faithful acts of God and apply them to every circumstance in our daily lives. The Bible was written by men under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit.


Like any father, I am sure that He loves having His own words spoken back to Him!


I would go so far as to say that in our prayers, we can remind God that He did this for Elijah, for Elisha, for David, for Paul, for John, for Jeremiah, for Ezekiel, for Micah, for Nahum, for Daniel, for Samuel, for Samson, for Peter, for Mary, for Israel, for Judah, for Moses, for Joshua, for Aaron, and the example continues for all of eternity!


Those who lived before us were men and women of like passions as are we. They were flesh and bone, born in iniquity and sin but forgiven, as are we, only by the grace of God.


We can also sit in our house, as Elisha did, and our prayer can be, Father, you are no respecter of persons, will you, Father, also do this for me?

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