WEDNESDAY: 20th June, 2018
1st reading: 2 Kings 2:1,6-14, Psalm 31
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
2 Kings 2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
When soldiers are captured by enemies during war, they can expect to be tortured for as much information as they possess, and it becomes a question of for how much long they can withstand this until they break? How long will they stand by their decision to remain silent? Hence our question: how true are people to their words? Or to what extent will someone stand by their words? Till the very end, or just before then?
Our answers to the above are important because very often, even the most trustworthy of people are caught in two minds when it comes to being held accountable for their own words. Today’s text, is an account of Elijah being taken up into heaven with the condition that ‘Elisha will receive that which he asked only if he witnessed the events taking place’. However, let us bear in mind that this had nothing to do with Elijah or Elisha, but the hand of God.
The promise to Elisha was one only God could keep, hence it was more a promise of God to Elisha, than from Elijah to him. Therefore, how true is God to his word then? A journey through the lives of these two prophets of God reveal the answer to this question: Elisha did receive a double portion of Anointing. So specific that the number of miracles worked by God through them were in a perfect ratio of 2 to 1, with the last of Elisha’s being his bones raising a dead man to life.
So my dear, do you still have anymore concerns with regards to the promise of God to you? Are you wondering if He will actually do what He has said? Beloved, God is committed to fulfilling all he has promised so do not let what is happening cause you to even consider otherwise. He is too much of a gentleman to play around with you- and He will stand by every word He has spoken to you. His double to Elisha meant double and he hasn’t changed since then.
Remember # let your song be ‘Because God has said it, I believe it’.