I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:7-11 (NIV)
2 Kings 4:8-37 brings us face to face with a woman experiencing the most devastating of tragedies any mother could face, the death of her child. Before this tragic event occurs in her life she befriends Elisha, God’s prophet. In return for her kindness Elisha inquires about what can be done for her. As a man of prominence and influence Elisha offers to speak to the king or army commander on her behalf! What can be done for you, Elisha asks her?!
This woman’s response reflects a heart rooted in the peace that blooms from a mind planted in Truth. She says, “I have a home…” (vs. 13) She was content within her situation, though imperfect as it was. Like the apostle Paul was able to declare in Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV) I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
We can do all things through Christ who gives us all sufficient strength and grace to not only keep breathing through unthinkable tragedy but to thrive as He revives our soul. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; John 11:25 (NIV)
This gal in 2 Kings 4 knew she had a Home (capital H in Heaven) so when tragedy struck her home (lower case h) she could remain unshaken. You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
Upon the death of her son in “bitter distress” (vs. 27) this women makes haste in going to find Elisha. Yet when she is asked, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right’” She responds “Everything is all right”. (Vs. 26) WHAT?! NO!! EVERYTHING WAS ALL WRONG!! And yet…
Everything was right and well with her soul. What took place was not alright but it would all, be made right. She knew this world was/is bitter, broken and unfair… but what is also unfair is God’s amazing grace. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV) … “What no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” – the things God has prepared for those who love him- 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)
By His amazing grace, she AND her son would one day be at Home together. A Home with no more death, mourning, crying or pain (Rev. 21:4). In this world we will have bitter distress, but dear one, we can run to a better fortress found in Jesus. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliver; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 (NKJV)
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 (NIV)