Just when her faith had risen to a new level, it would be tested…
A few years later, her son was out in the field with his father, when he began complaining of a severe headache. His father told one of the servants to take the young boy to his mother. The child laid his head on his mother’s lap until around noon, and then died…
The woman took her son up to the room that she had made for Elisha, and laid him on the bed. She closed the door, went out, and called for her husband. Then she asked him to send her one of the servants and a donkey, so that she could go and see the man of God. She said she would hurry and return soon. Her husband asked why she was going to see the man of God.. She didn’t say anything except, “It shall be well.” She quickly saddled her donkey, and left to see the prophet.
As she approached Mount Carmel, the man of God saw her coming and sent his servant, Gehazi, to meet her and ask what was wrong. He told him to ask if it was well with her husband, and if it was well with the child. When Gehazi asked her these questions she replied, “It is well.” When she approached the prophet, she got off her donkey, and fell at his feet. She cried out, “Did I ask you, my lord, for a son?.. Did I not say, do not lie to me?” Elisha sent his servant away immediately to go and see about the child, but the woman would not leave without him, so he returned with her.
When Elisha arrived at the house, the boy was dead and lying on his bed. He stretched himself out on the child, and the child became warm… He got up and walked around a bit, and then stretched himself out on the child again, and this time the boy sneezed seven times, and opened his eyes!
Gehazi called for his mother, and when she came into the room, she fell at Elisha’s feet, and bowed herself to the ground. She picked up her son,…. And walked out.
Wow! What a woman of faith! Fear and faith cannot operate at the same time… This woman showed incredible faith in the face of a situation which could have invoked the most horrible fear. She knew that her son was a miraculous gift from God, and that God had blessed her and done what she thought was impossible… Faced with the sudden death of her son, her response was one of faith, and although I’m sure her heart was pounding, she made the immediate decision to hold her tongue, and trust God. She told her husband, “It shall be well” and said to the prophet, “It is well.” and because of her faith, God made it so…It was well!
Stay tuned,..Part 3 next time. :)
I have always loved this story. She really was an incredible woman of faith, particularly since she had never had any of the New Testament teaching of Jesus about how important it is that we be careful what we SAY out of our own mouth when standing in faith. Thank you for sharing the story here. I’m sure it will encourage many, many people.
Yes! This is one of my favorite examples for just that reason. Thanks and God Bless! :)