The inevitable – CAC Living Water Devotional
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Saturday, August 29, 2020.
– International Day against Nuclear Tests
TOPIC: THE INEVITABLE
Read 2 Kings 4:8-27
8 Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food.
9 And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly.
10 Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.”
11 And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there.
12 Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him.
13 And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’ ” She answered, “I dwell among my own people.”
14 So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.”
15 So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway.
16 Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.” And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!”
17 But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.
18 And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers.
19 And he said to his father, “My head, my head!” So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.”
20 When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.
21 And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out.
22 Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.”
23 So he said, “Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.” And she said, “ It is well.”
24 Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.”
25 And so she departed, and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel. So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, the Shunammite woman!
26 Please run now to meet her, and say to her, ‘ Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’ ” And she answered, “ It is well.”
27 Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the LORD has hidden it from me, and has not told me.”
MEMORISE:Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me” (2 Kings 4:27)
A song says, “Temptations, hidden snares often take us unawares… And our hearts are made to bleed for some thoughtless words or deeds… And we wonder why the test, when we try to do our best: we will understand it better by and by… By, and by, when the morning comes; When the saints of God are gathered home; we will tell the story how we overcome: We will understand it better by and by”Elisha was the inheritor of double portion of anointing from his master, Elijah. ‘Elisha’ means ‘God is Salvation.’ Elisha was credited with almost double the mighty works of his departed-to-glory master.
Yet, the Lord hid the plight of this gracious woman and friendly family from him. This is part of the inevitable that awaits every minister of God. You may be confronted with what you do not expect. God doesn’t reveal Everything. These are the challenges that we must encounter as individuals, or people, spiritually and otherwise.
They are supposed to be stepping-stones to glory, just as they were for: Moses who confronted Pharaoh but was in turn confronted by Zipporah, his wife by calling him “a bloody man…!” etc.; Hannah who confronted barrenness but was in turn confronted by Peninnah, her rival who mocked her; Elijah who confronted the prophets of Baal but was in turn confronted by Jezebel the Queen; and Joseph Ayo Babalola who confronted idolatry and the evil of his days but was confronted by Satan and his cohorts.
FAITH, ABSOLUTE FAITH is non-negotiable with challenges from darkness, men, circumstances etc. Yet, Moses delivered Israel and took them to the Promised Land. Hannah became a woman of many children. Elijah completed his divine assignment and ascended to glory. Prepare for the inevitable. Check CAC GHB 626 by Mary Peters (1812-1856).
PRAYER POINTS1. Thank you, Lord, for the challenge(s) I am facing, presently.2. I receive divine enablement to face those inevitable challenges that I must experience for the glory that is set before me.3. We receive abundant grace for the Church globally to face and overcome her inevitable, in the name of Jesus.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:Psalms 85 – 88.
Author: CAC WORLDWIDE Remain blessed!