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August 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

When blessings turn...

"Did I ask you for a son, my lord?" she said. "Didn't I tell you, `Don't raise my hopes'?" - 2 Kings 4:28

This Scripture comes out of a wonderful story of God's grace during Elisha's ministry.  Elisha had asked what he could do for a Shunammite woman after she and her family had been so kind.  Eventually, Elisha found that he could help this woman by asking God to bless this woman with child even in her advanced age.  The woman responded by asking him not to mislead her, but God answered Elisha's prayers.

Fast forward a few years...the child has grown to a certain age, to what particular we don't know. However, we do know that he is old enough to be in the fields helping his father.  Unfortunately, the child becomes ill and dies.  The Shunammite woman immediately goes to Elisha and makes the statement that we see in 2 Kings 4:28.  Eventually, God answers Elisha's prayers to revive the child and the Shunammite woman sees God's grace and mercy yet again.  However, it's unfortunate that she missed the fact that she did not understand that having that child, even for a short period of time was gift in the first place.  Had God not raised the child after his illness, the woman needed to see that God had already been gracious with giving her a child in the first place.

We need to make sure that we don't miss the blessings that are right in front of us.  Even as God is answering our prayers, we tend to look for the next answer instead of thanking Him for the very blessings that are before us.  I wonder what the Shunammite woman would have done if her child would not have been raised to life after his illness.  Would she have felt that having that child in the first place was a blessing?  I wonder about we consider all the blessings that God bestows upon us as good, even when some of those blessings take a turn later in life?

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

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