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Obedience-Perfect Timing-Complete Restoration!

Posted by Scott on January 9, 2008

I was reading this morning in 2 Kings 8:1-6 about the Shumenite woman.  God had worked through Elisha to bring this woman’s son back to life in a previous account of Elisha’s life.  What struck me was the richness of these 6 little verses tucked away in 2 Kings that many people like me have not read in a long time or never read at all.

The Woman from Shunem Returns Home

   Elisha had told the woman whose son he had brought back to life, “Take your family and move to some other place, for the Lord has called for a famine on Israel that will last for seven years.” 2 So the woman did as the man of God instructed. She took her family and settled in the land of the Philistines for seven years.

 3 After the famine ended she returned from the land of the Philistines, and she went to see the king about getting back her house and land. 4As she came in, the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God. The king had just said, “Tell me some stories about the great things Elisha has done.” 5And Gehazi was telling the king about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life. At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the king about her house and land.

   “Look, my lord the king!” Gehazi exclaimed. “Here is the woman now, and this is her son—the very one Elisha brought back to life!”

 6 “Is this true?” the king asked her. And she told him the story. So he directed one of his officials to see that everything she had lost was restored to her, including the value of any crops that had been harvested during her absence.  -2 Kings 8:1-6 NLT

Tucked away is the life a believer in Jesus Christ should experience much of our lives, but our unfaithfulness and lack of holy desire gets in our way. 

Here we find that Elisha has told the woman to take her family and go live somewhere else because of the seven year famine coming….she did as she was told and went to live in the land of the Philistines.  Here you have Obedience.  Then after seven years she returns with her son and goes to the kings house to ask about getting her house and land back.  As she arrives Elisha’s servant was speaking to the king about this woman’s son and Elisha bringing him back to life.  This we find is God’s perfect timing which when God is control His timing is impeccably perfect.  Finally, as the king realized the amazing blessing brought to this woman by God through Elisha he made sure that everything she had lost was restored to her including the value of any crops harvested during the seven plus years.  The end result for this woman and her family was complete restoration in her life.

God is looking for His people to be obedient to Him first.  Then His timing will always be impeccably perfect with our complete restoration as the final result of our obedience to Him.

 We too can experience God’s perfect timing in our lives and His ultimately complete restoration of what we have lost in our lives, but first we must obey His commands in our daily lives.  Restoration will come only if it is to bring glory and honor to our heavenly Father. 

May all praise and glory be to our Father, the creator of us all.

 -Scott Bailey (c) 2008

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