Chapter-a-Day 2 Kings 4

A dry and thirsty land. Elisha said to her, "This time next year you're going to be nursing an infant son."

"O my master, O Holy Man," she said, "don't play games with me, teasing me with such fantasies!" 
2 Kings 4:16 (MSG)

Promises feel profane to those whose life experience sit in opposition to that which is promised.

Mary was young and naive when Gabriel told her she would conceive and bear a son. We applaud her faith in joyfully embracing the message. Seriously, she had no concept of the pain of barrenness. That was not her journey. She would experience a different kind of barrenness and pain 30 years later.

The promise of a child is another thing altogether to a woman who has believed and hoped for years, and has nothing to show for it. Promise that woman she will conceive and you'll be met with Sarah's sarcastic and cynical laughter. You will feel defenses rise. You might even get the biting reply of the Shunnamite woman telling Elisha and God, in certain words, to keep their promises to themselves.

Promises are an encouragement to some. They are a burden for others.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and Eric Rice

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day 2 Kings 4”

  1. She replied, “Nothing. I’m secure and satisfied in my family.”
    Contentment is something that comes up often in our family. We don’t want to be materialistic, we want to be good stewards. During this job search, we have often wondered what God’s plan is for us. We have dreams and hopes and most of them cost money. Is God teaching us about more important things and our dreams will wait? Maybe. It’s hard to discern. The woman in this passage didn’t have everything by human standards yet she was content. What can I learn from this today? Plenty.

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