The Audacity of Faith!
All is well!
Picking up in 2 Kings chapter four, due to the profuse generosity of the Shunamite woman, the Prophet Elisha, due to his sense of gratefulness and despite her protest, prophesied that by this time next year the woman would have a baby boy. And according the words of the prophet, by that said time, the woman had a baby boy.
However, faith is now put to an arduous test. “The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. 19 He said to his father, ‘My head! My head!’” (2 Kings 4:18-19). Effectively, the father sent him to his mom where he sat on her lap till noon, and then he died.
The strange thing about the audacity of faith, when it is set on a result, nothing and no one ca
n deter it from achieving its goal. Calmly and confidently, the woman requested from her husband the chauffeur to take her to the man of God, and that she would return quickly. “Is everything alright?” The husband asked. “All is well.” She replied.
The man of God, seeing her from a distance, sent his servant to find out if everything is alright with you? Is your husband alright? Is the child alright? She responded, “everything is alright” (v. 24-26). However, she finally reached the man of God, she grabbed his legs and began to express her grief, “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’?”
Elisha was astonished that as the prophet of God, that the Lord did not reveal her situation to him. You see, in the walk of faith, and more specifically, the test of faith, the Lord will seem to be absent, but these are the moments you will know whether your faith is intact or vacillate. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Most of us won’t move until we see the whole staircase. We won’t depart until we see the global plan. We won’t start until we see how it will finish. If we understand that Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the Author and Finisher of our faith, then we won’t wait for the whole picture, but we will continually trust Him along the way with each step, each circumstance and each situation. For Jesus promised that He will always be with you till the end of the age and that He will never leave you nor forsake you (Matthew 28:20).
The Shunamite woman had her eyes on the only person that represented God at that time. At the end of the story, her boy came back to life. Hallelujah.
Will you keep your eyes on Jesus, the only Person that can give life everlasting, even if you die physically, in Him you will live (Hebrews 12)? In Lazarus event, Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).
Prayer: Lord, thank you for taking our sins upon your body and for dying and resurrecting for us. We believe in You Lord Jesus. Help our unbelief, and strengthen our faith that we might have unstoppable, audacious faith.