SATURDAY: 16th June, 2018
Reference text: 1st Kings 19:19-21
1 Kings 19:21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
‘All right, go back , I am not stopping you’- these words of Elijah in verse 20, appear a normal response to the request of Elisha to say a final goodbye to his family. However, although not very obvious, there are subtle hints that they were a test of Elisha’s devotion prior to the start of his work, if he accepted.
All indications revealed Elisha as very intelligent: he understood the symbolism behind the actions of Elijah when he threw his cloak over him and could decipher the hidden meaning behind his words. Thus, to show that he was really going to say goodbye, he killed his oxen and burnt his yoke. This act in today’s terms, can be compared to a commercial taxi driver setting his only car ablaze. Elisha destroyed his livelihood to show that he was serious about his words.
My dear, in responding to the call of God, we do not have to go as far as Elisha did to prove ourselves. The goodbyes we need to say and the yokes we need to set on fire, no longer represent our livelihood, but our old ways of living which burden us and keep us shackled. Our call to follow, is one in which God himself initiated by giving up Jesus on the cross. Thus, we are cloaked with a newness that should cause us to leave old ways behind and follow him.
Beloved, the call of God isn’t one intended to keep us burdened, but to free us from our loads. Even while we were yoked, God already cast his cloak of mercy and righteousness upon us when Christ died for us. It is now up to you to remember whose and what garments you wear as you live, so you will live as you are called to.
Remember # when God calls, do answer Him and follow his lead.