Day 10: What Kind of Sound Are You Making?February 13, 2015
Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 4:8-37
As we saw in yesterday’s devotional, each one of us has a choice every day regarding the kind of attitude we’re going to embrace. It doesn’t matter if things are going well in our lives or things are not going well — we still have to make a choice: Will we be negative and speak words of doubt? Or will we be positive and speak words of faith and God’s power?
We can find example after example in the Word of God — from Abraham to the apostle Paul — of men and women who had upon their lips the sound of praise, whether they were going through challenges or enjoying times of peace and prosperity.
Right now I’m thinking about the Shunammite woman, whom the Bible calls a “great woman” (2 Kings 4:8). She and her husband, who were childless, had built a place in their home for Elisha, the man of God, so he could stay there when he was passing through Shunem. Later God promised this couple a son through the prophetic ministry of Elisha. God delivered on that promise, and this woman gave birth to a son.
One day during a harvest season, the couple’s son fell sick in the fields where his father was working. The father sent the young man to his mother by one of the servants, and later that day, the son died! The woman laid her son on the bed where the prophet Elisha slept when he was in their village. Then she arose to go to Elisha on behalf of her dead son. When her husband questioned her, the only sound she made was, “It shall be well” (2 Kings 4:23).
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I want you to grasp the magnitude of this woman’s statement! Her son was dead, but this mother declared, “It shall be well”!
When the Shunammite woman reached Mount Carmel, Elisha saw her coming and instructed his servant, “Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well” (2 Kings 4:26).
Although her son was dead, this woman of God said, “It is well!” She had her eye on something — on Someone — bigger than her problem. And she refused to let go of her faith, which was so powerfully echoed by three simple words from her mouth: “It is well!”
Today we can ask ourselves, “What kind of sound am I making? What are the words coming out of my mouth?”
And what about the “sound” coming from us in the form of attitudes, even in our body language? Are we constantly complaining about our situation — or even pouting and withdrawing from life because we feel helpless, hopeless, and forgotten?
Let me encourage you to look to the Shunammite woman’s example as you deal with challenging situations you might be facing. Think back to your past experiences with God. For example, remember the times He healed your body, took care of you financially, saved your life from danger, healed your sick child, delivered your mind from fear and depression, or saved your marriage.
You’ve had experiences with God! Remember those events as precious! Remind yourself of all the times you thought there was no way out of your difficult situation, but then God made a way. As you recall those experiences, you can look at your present difficulties that seem to be staring you down, and you can boldly say: “I remember what God has already done for me. I know He’s faithful. And it is well!”
As always, we love hearing from you about the things that are on your heart. Please let us know how we can be praying for you so we can add our faith to yours to see the answers you seek come to pass.
In His great love,