2 Kings 4:8-16 NKJV
“Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. And she said to her husband, ‘Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.’ And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there.Then he said to Gehazi his servant, ‘Call this Shunammite woman.’ When he called her, she stood before him. And he said to him, ‘Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the King or to the commander of the army?’ She answered, ‘I dwell among my own people.’So he said, ‘What then is to be done for her.’ And Gehazi answered, ‘Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.’So he said, ‘Call her.’ When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. Then he said, ‘About this time next year you shall embrace a son.’ And she said, ‘No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!’”
When you are desperate you should seek God’s promise, believe God’s promise, hold on to God’s promise and rejoice in God’s promise.
I. Seek God’s Promise:
We have been given a promise for every situation (circumstance) that we face. God already has the answer (promise) even before we know that we have a problem (situation).
Deuteronomy 4:29 NKJV
“But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
When you seek something you search (hunt) for it. You make an honest attempt to look for it.
Psalm 34:10 NKJV
“But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”
The Bible is full of the promises of God. It is up to each one of us to read it and search out the promises that God has given us.
II. Believe God’s promise:
The prophet, Elisha, gave the Shunammite woman a promise under the authority of God. He spoke for God.
2 Kings 4:16 NKJV
“Then he said, ‘About this time next year you shall embrace a son.’
And she said, ‘No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!’ ”
Elisha told the woman that she would have a son within a year. She knew that Elisha was a man of God, a prophet, but she still did not believe in her heart that she would have a child.
2 Kings 4:17 NKJV
“But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.”
God had promised the Shunammite woman a son (through Elisha) and she had him. God does not lie and He does not take back His promises.
Numbers 23:19 NKJV
“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
Titus 1:2 NKJV
“In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.”
What God says is true and His Word is truth. God is not like us. He does not change. He is always the same and His Word is always the same.
Malachi 3:6 NKJV
“For I am the Lord, I do not change”
We must place our trust in God and believe in Him and His promises.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”
III. Hold On To God’s Promise:
No matter what you see with your eyes or what people say to you concerning your situation, keep your eyes on God and the promise that He has given you. You can be confident that God will finish what He has begun.
2 Kings 4:18-20 NKJV
“And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers,
And he said to his father, ‘My head, my head!’
So he said to a servant, ‘Carry him to his mother.’ When he had taken him and brought him
to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.”
The son that the woman was promised now lay dead in her arms. If she had looked at things through her natural eyes she would have accepted the death of her child. But she knew that God had promised her a son and she knew that her promise was still alive.
2 Kings 4:21-23 NKJV
“And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. Then she called to her husband, and said, ‘Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.’ So he said, ‘Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath?’ And she said, ‘It is well.’
The woman took her promise that was ‘dead’ and put it in a room where no one would see it and shut the door. She determined that she would go to the man of God on behalf of her ‘dead’ promise.
2 Kings 4:32-33 NKJV
“When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord.”
Sometimes God gives us a promise and it seems like the promise is ‘dead’. We need to be like the Shunammite woman- we need to shut out the things (and people) that might keep our promise ‘dead’. We must be very careful what we hear and listen to concerning our promise. There is life and death in our words. Every word that comes out of man’s mouth either brings life or it bring death.
Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.”
The words we say are very powerful. They will either bless a situation or curse it.
James 3:10 NKJV
“Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.”
By putting the son in the room away from everyone she was protecting her promise from words of death. We too, must hold on to the promise that God has given us and shield it (and ourselves) from negative words and negative people. During these times we must only listen to (and trust in) what God has to say, not man.
Psalm 18:30 NKJV
“As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
We serve a God of completion. He never leaves things half done or undone. And He never gives us something just to take it away again!
Philippians 1:6 NKJV
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
We must not waver in our faith even when we do not see the answer with our eyes.
Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of thing not seen.”
IV. Rejoice In God’s Promise
Psalm 119:162 NKJV
“I rejoice at Your word
As one who finds great treasure.”
No matter how bad things look or how negative the report is, you should still rejoice. Not at what you are going through, but at the fact that the Lord God Almighty is on your side.
Psalm 5:11 NKJV
“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those who love Your name
Be joyful in You.”
We can rejoice in knowing that God will never leave us or forsake.
Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
We must be like the Shunammite women and say, “It is well.”
2 Kings 4:23 NKJV “…‘It is well.’ ”
2 Kings 4:26 NKJV “..‘It is well’ ”
Yes, she could see that her son was dead, but she knew the promise that she had been given. And she knew who to go to on behalf of her promise. She knew that the Lord would never leave her or forsake her, and that He was on her side.
When God gives us a promise we must have faith that it will come to pass. There may be times that we think that our promise is dead, and we may be tempted to give up on our promise. During these times we must go directly to God and allow the Holy Spirit hover over our promise and to breath new life into it.
2 Kings 4:34-35 NKJV
“And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.”