In 2 Kings Chapter 6, there is an account that I believe God wants to use to speak to us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the privilege of your word. We are grateful for the salvation of our souls. We ask that your word will bring light to our souls and transform our lives. For we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A. The Need for Growth
The miracle starts with a desire for growth. The sons of the prophets had identified an opportunity for growth. “Where we dwell with you is too small for us”. However, they did not only identify the challenge, they also proffered a solution. I believe this is an important lesson for us in our personal and collective pursuits.
A lot of times we see challenges and while it is easy to talk about them, I believe we also need to suggest solutions particularly in situations where we can directly make a difference. The sons of the prophet identified a need for physical growth, but their mindset also points us to the need for a growth in our mindsets.
B. The Request for the Presence
“Please consent to go with your servants” vs. 3
In Exodus 33:15, Moses made a statement that has left a mark in my heart. He said to God, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.”
Although the sons of the prophets had identified a problem and suggested a solution, they recognized the need for the presence of the prophet. Also, Moses knew that to be successful, the Israelites needed the presence of God.
As we go through life’s journey, I believe it is important for us to desire the presence of God. His presence makes all the difference.
C. The Importance of Work
“And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees” vs. 4
As I write, two verses come to my mind. The first is John 9:4, “I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” The second is John 5:17, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
Problem identified. Solution suggested. Approval secured. Presence of God checked.
Then work begins.
Nothing takes the place of work. Hard work. Smart work. Whichever way, there must be work. We must not be people given to merely discussing solutions or having fantasies about how circumstances would be better, we must work.
The sons of the prophets worked. They cut down trees. They acted in the direction of their desired goal.
As we conclude the first part of our study, what problem have you identified? It could be in your life, home, church, or organization. Have you also considered possible solutions? Are you seeking the presence of God as you journey? And finally, are you ready to work?
What “trees” do you need to cut down? What steps do you need to take in the pursuit of your goals?
I pray that the good Lord will help us to be readers and doers of His word in Jesus’ name. Amen.