Receiving and Giving
Almighty God, You speak and it is done. Your words are true. They are powerful and they bring life.
Read 2 KINGS 2:1-18
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“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us… spur one another on towards love and good deeds” (Heb. 10:23-24).
Elijah did not choose his successor, God did. The cloak and the oil ceremonies have apparently already happened (1 Kings 19:16,19), but Elisha has one further test–loyalty to Elijah until the last moment. These chapters have many stories of would-be successors taking things into their own hands, forcefully removing anyone who stands in their way. This is not the path of a prophet. “A job you can quit, a dream you can give up on, but a calling will chase you forever,” someone has said–but you do need to grasp it decisively, as Elisha does. He receives the eldest son’s double blessing (9-10) and with it an heir’s responsibilities. It will be an awesome responsibility to speak to God for the people and to the people from God.
Many of us have known the blessing of a mentor who leads the way, modeling committed service, pointing to God at work in our lives. We in turn, especially when we move into a less active stage of life, long for others to carry on the work, when we can invest in them out of our years of experience of God and his ways. It is a privilege both to receive and to give, but just as Elisha wanted the double blessing, we too need the Spirit’s wisdom and courage in order to have an impact on others’ lives.
Was Elijah’s translation (11), like the hidden disappearance of Moses (Deut. 34:6), preparing him to appear with Jesus in his transfiguration on the mountain 900 years into the future (Matt. 17:3)? We are not told, but for Elijah’s successor, as for Joshua picking up the mantle of Moses, the Lord’s commission needed his power for the continuing task (Deut. 34:9). “God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supplies” is how Hudson Taylor expressed the Lord’s solemn undertaking to those he calls.
God will meet the needs of those whom you mentor. Encourage them to act in faith on this promise (Phil. 4:19).
Dear Father, thank You for those who mentored me in my walk with You. Bring alongside me those whom I can disciple in Your ways.
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