How would you like to read through God's Love Letter—His Word, the Bible, with a group of like-minded, Christian girlfriends? We're doing that over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group. Did you know you don't have to start a Bible reading plan on January 1? You can begin today! This simple plan, and an accountability partner, will help you succeed. Who will be your accountability partner? Share this post with them and invite them to the private Facebook group.
Sweeter Than Honey is patterned after this Bible Reading Itinerary. On Tuesdays, here at the blog, I would love it if you and I could take a trip through God's Word and Sweeter Than Honey, together! I would also encourage you to Join us over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group, introduce yourself, meet new friends, and share your thoughts there as well. We're waiting for you!
2 Kings 1-4: The Shunammite Woman
The story of the Shunammite woman, in chapter 4 of 2 Kings, is fascinating to me. She was a woman of wealth and apparently, a very good cook. “Elisha went on to Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to eat some food. So whenever he passed that way, he would turn in there to eat food” (2 Kings 4:8).
Not only was she well-off and an excellent cook, but she was also perceptive—she perceived that Elisha was a man of God. “And she said to her husband, ‘Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God Who is continually passing our way. Let us make a small room on the roof with walls and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there.” (4:9-10). On top of all that, she was observant; she noticed that Elisha passed by often. And, she had the gift of hospitality. She sought to meet the needs of their frequent guest, Elisha, by building a room on top of their home and furnishing it with a bed, table, chair, and a lamp.
This is the part of the story I want us to grab hold of today—"And when she came to the mountain to the man of God, she caught hold of his feet” (4:27). The Shunammite woman took her greatest concerns and grabbed hold of the feet of the Prophet Elisha just as we are to take our greatest concerns to the feet of Jesus. Verse 22 tells us that she did this quickly. She did not delay. She did not try to fix the situation herself. She did not ask her friends how to fix the problem—she went quickly and straight to the one who she knew could help her.
That is exactly what God wants from us. He wants us to come quickly and boldly to Him, without question, and lay our problems at His feet. She said to her servant, “Urge the animal on; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you” (4:24). Let’s come to Jesus in prayer today with that same kind of urgency. Let’s grab hold of His feet in faith and believe as the Shunammite woman believed.
What do you need to come quickly and boldly to God's throne of grace about today?
About Sweeter Than Honey
Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
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