November 29, 2019
It Is Well
"Please run now to meet her and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?' And she answered, ‘It is well.'" 2 Kings 4:26 (NASB)
My husband, Lance, likes to think he has me all figured out. Admittedly, he pretty much does ... 19 years of marriage will do that to you. It's reciprocated because I know him pretty well, too. Something happened recently that proved it.
Our family had gone out for lunch to celebrate my sister-in-law's birthday. The restaurant was packed as it usually is on a Sunday afternoon. Our waitress, who happened to be seven months pregnant, made every effort to ensure we enjoyed our meal. In spite of how busy she was, she remained kind, gracious and attentive.
Once the bill and gratuity were paid, we all stepped out of the restaurant and began walking to our cars. Then, my husband motioned he was going inside again but would be right back.
As soon as he left, I knew exactly what he was doing. If you know Lance, you might be thinking something along the lines of ordering another dessert. That was not the case, at least not this time. Instead, he returned to give our waitress an additional tip. Now, granted, this wasn't a "you-can-quit-your-job-now" sized gift, but just a little something extra to express our appreciation.
My husband is generous in every sense of the word, so this fits right in line with what I know about him. I saw it coming a mile away, and he didn't have to say anything.
Knowing him and his character assures me I can trust what he is doing even if I don't always understand.
I began thinking about others whom I know that well and about my view of God.
There have been times in my life when God and I did not appear to be on the same page. I was ready to move forward, but He seemed fine leaving me right where I was. His supposed "inactivity" made me wonder if He'd forgotten about me.
Sometimes, that is how life feels ... like God has deserted us and we need to figure out this season on our own. But that goes against the very essence of who He is.
In 2 Kings 4:8-37, we find the story of Elisha the Prophet, the Shunammite woman, and her longed-for baby boy. When her son is grown, he falls ill and dies, and the Shunammite woman goes in search of Elisha. In our key verse, Elisha sends his servant to greet the woman when he sees her from a distance: "Please run now to meet her and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?' And she answered, ‘It is well'" (2 Kings 4:26). The significance of those three words, "It is well," is in the timing. She uttered that phrase after watching her son die in her arms.
How does a mother - who finally had the child she always wanted, only to lose him - say something like that? For this heartbroken woman, "It is well" was not a catchy little phrase or even the title of a song she sang in church.
It was a declaration. She might not have known the outcome, but she did know her God.
The Shunammite woman experienced a miracle in her situation - God, through Elisha, brought her son back to life. However, our belief in God isn't based on whether or not He will always do what we want. His ways and thoughts are higher than ours, and they're beyond our comprehension. It is about having faith in His faithfulness, trusting His heart and knowing His character. Even when it seems He has walked away, and we're left wondering and waiting, we can cling to the promise He is up to something good.
After all, we know Him pretty well, don't we?
Dear God, thank You for being a good Father I can trust. I might not always understand Your ways, but I know You love me, and You are working all things out for my good. Your past faithfulness in my life reminds me I can depend on You now and have confident hope for my future. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Hebrews 10:23, "Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word];" (AMP)
Psalm 77:11, "But then I recall all you have done, O LORD; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago." (NLT)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
When have you seen the faithfulness of God in your life? How can you relate that past experience to a challenging situation now? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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