2 Kings 4:19-20 “And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.”
Here is a story of a Godly woman who has no son. Then God blesses her with a son through the blessings of Elisha. This Godly woman and her family were then overjoyed and lives happily ever after! Well, that would make a nice end to the story wouldn’t you think? Well, not quite, for life is not like that for anyone and a person’s godliness doesn’t prevent the difficult times from coming. And so we read on that the boy grew until one day, out of the blue, he was struck down with intense pain in his head and he died.
It is important to realize that sometimes God allows pretty intense suffering without answers. We shouldn’t kid ourselves that everything turns out rosy in this life. It may be the sudden loss of a loved one. It may be an accident or health condition that has serious long term or permanent effects. People that have experienced such things tend to express a different level to faith. But it is great to see in the midst of the confusion and doubt, this woman had hope, she had faith, and she had a sense that things would be well. Her grief didn’t overwhelm her to the point of hopelessness but she quickly saddled the donkey and left saying to her husband ‘It shall be well’. She had a hope, an expectation, that death would not be the end of this story. She had a Faith that do what is right, whether we see immediate deliverance or not, and leaves things to His timing.
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