The passage below talks about a great lady—the Shunammite woman. She and her husband hosted Elisha and his servant many times.
2 Kings 4:13 -17 “And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.” (v19-20) “And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.”
Children have dreams, not just at night, but wonderful dreams of what they’ll be when they grow up or being a superhero or conquering the world. They aren’t bogged down by the things grown-ups are. Adults dream too, but the dreams change, bigger house, healthy families.
Yet, fewer people see those dreams fulfilled. The dogmatic, the lucky, the ruthless get their dreams. Most dreamers experience a death to those dreams. For one reason or another, your dreams get further and further out of reach. Tragedy comes, the marriage doesn’t work out, grief, all equal a death of dreams.
The dream is lost. It seems no longer possible. Now what?
Some shake their fists at God, but that’s not the way to go. The answer is there in Scripture.
The Shunammite woman didn’t ask for a son. When Elisha said this, her response was ‘Don’t lie to me!’ There was a dream inside of her that she had lost because of age.
She was promised a son and received her promise from God. Her dream came true! She was like Abraham and Sarah.
Then, something happened. Her son died in her arms. Now what?
She took some steps and she received her promise back again.
How to Get Your Promise Back:
- We must understand that GOD IS GOOD. Rom 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Things work together for GOOD. His ways are different from our ways. He doesn’t explain His ways to us, but He still works it together for good. If you leave out an ingredient for oatmeal cookies, they won’t taste good. If your life is a mess, there is another ingredient coming your way! God is a good God. The Shunammite woman understood that God IS Good! That hope lives in those who believe God is good! He will make it right and good. The word you need in your life is TRUST. That has a cross at the beginning and ending of that word. You don’t get the promise back until you realize and trust that God is good. You have to get this in order to get to step 2. There is no skipping steps.
- We must GET OUR SONG BACK. Psalm 37:1-4 “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” At 4 am the birds start singing. It’s a ridiculous time to wake up! The birds are singing about the sunrise. They’re the creatures that know how to sing in the night—before the sun rises! Mal 4:2 “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” Is 60:1-3 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” Job 35:10 “But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;” You need to remember how to sing in the night. Don’t let the devil steal your song! KEEP SINGING!!! David’s son died. He had fasted and prayed, but his son still died. David praised God anyway. A man named Joe taught slaves the song ‘Follow the Drinking Gourd’. It was a map for the slaves to follow to freedom. ‘Follow the Drinking Gourd’ meant stars. He marked trees with a foot and a gourd. The task masters didn’t mind the song, they had no idea what it was about. The slaves had a song of freedom while they were still in slavery. So, they sang! You gotta sing! Elisha heard something was wrong. He asked his servant, Gehazi how everything was. The woman put her son on his bed. She saw the servant. Her response to the servant’s question was, ‘It is well.’ She didn’t lose hope. Then, she told the servant to go get Elisha.
- Lay it at the feet of Jesus. Abraham had to bring Isaac. John 12:3 “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” When you fall at the feet of Jesus, you’ll either be changed, healed, or resurrected. You are not a castaway for greatness because bad things happened to you. You’ve got to get to Jesus and throw yourself at His feet, over and over again. Mat 15:30-31 “And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.”
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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