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2 Kings 4-8


A Devotional Journey
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                               
Thru the Bible in a Year
       Elisha helps a widow and her son who are struggling through a period of drought.  He prays and God restores to life the son of another woman.  Finally, he is part of a miracle in which many people are fed with what should have provided only for the needs of a few. 
       God’s hand is clearly on Elisha, so much so that people such as the commander of the armies of Aram come to him for help.  Naaman has leprosy, and after following the instructions of Elijah, is healed.  Elisha’s servant is far less spiritually inclined than his master and after accepting payment for Naaman’s healing (in disobedience to Elisha’s clear instruction) is punished by acquiring the leprosy of which Naaman had been relieved.
       Several other miracles involving Elisha are recorded, and finally the defeat of Ben-Hadad through the amazing intervention of God occurs.  Ben-Haddad (spared by Ahab against God’s specific orders) is finally killed by an ambitious lieutenant, and the narrative returns to the various kings of Israel and Judah.
       In times of need God is always with us.  Sometimes miraculous events take place which change our position or circumstances; at other points we receive extra strength or encouragement at just the right time to get us through.  Unfortunately, it is also possible for us to look away from God and His provision at the precise moment of our greatest need.  This takes away our hope and distorts every image we might have of the future.
       Think back over the course of your life.   Have you ever been in trouble?  Have you ever prayed that somehow you would be saved and you were?  Are there any events or circumstances that you have forgotten in which God helped you through miraculous intervention or personal encouragement?
       Today, ask yourself how God is at work in your life.  Then ask Him to show Himself in some clear way as you go through the day.  When we are looking, it is surprising how close God really is.
A. Eugene Pearson 2011