Lessons From Shunem: The Victor’s Attitude

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Philippians 4:4 (NET)
Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. (Read 2 Kings 4:18-37)

2 Kings 4:18-37 makes for an interesting read. The woman whom the Lord had given a child through the word of Prophet Elisha had what can be described as a life-altering experience. Her child died. Bible records that the boy was with his father in the fields when he began to feel pain in his head. The father asked that the boy be taken to the mother. When he came to the mother at home, he died on her knees. What followed next is very instructive.

Here was this woman with her only child, which she received by Elisha’s prophetic intervention, dead. What will she do? How will she take it? How will she ever be consoled? But here is what she does. She sends to her husband to send her transportation (an ass) and a driver (a young man) so she could go to the man of God. She didn’t bring down the roof with weeping and ululation; she had a plan (vs 18-22).

Next, observe her disposition and her responses in the face of this tragedy. Firstly, she takes the child and lays him on the bed of the prophet and shut the door, reminds me of 1 Peter 5:7 that says to put all our burdens on the Lord for He cares for us. Then when her husband asked her why she was going to see the man of God seeing as there was no special occasion (he had no idea the boy had died), she replied, it is well. Next, she instructed the driver to keep driving and not to slow down or stop until they got to the man of God. It was clear in her heart where she needed to be at such a moment as this (vs 23&24).

Again, when Gehazi the prophet’s servant approached her and inquired if all was well, she kept her confession, it is well. This isn’t positive speaking, she was going to the place where she was certain solutions will spring from, and when she got there, she grabbed the Prophet’s feet, and the Bible records in verse 37 that she received her boy back from the dead.

There is a place for weeping and there is a place for praying (never substitute one for the other), but there is absolutely no place for worrying. Whatever tempts you to worry is certainly something you should be praying about. Worry about nothing, pray about everything, and while you are at it, ensure your lips echo your faith. Make prayer your first resort, and hold fast to your confession of faith.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me always have the victor’s attitude and proceed from victory unto victory. Amen.

—Ikechukwu Mpama

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