Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 12:1-14:22 / Acts 25:1-22 / Psalm 81:1-7
We have a tendency to measure faith or God’s power by the present conditions of life. Elisha was an incredible prophet who was used mightily by God. He prophesied the rise and fall of kings, stood fearlessly before enemy armies, and performed unbelievable miracles that captivated entire nations.
He was respected, admired and held in high honor. Nothing in life overcame or overwhelmed Elisha…his faith kept him secure and God displayed His power through Elisha. Yet, we read of a time when Elisha’s faith or God's power was mysteriously absent. It says that Elisha suffered “from the illness from which he died.” (2 Kings 13:14)
The man who healed the sick and raised the dead was suffering with sickness and facing death...things that previously surrendered to Elisha’s command and God’s power. What changed? Did God’s power fail or was Elisha’s faith too weak? We tend to think great men and women of God are not supposed to get sick, experience hardship or fall hopeless to life’s challenges.
Verse 20 simply says, “Elisha died and was buried.” He didn’t raise from the dead…his life and ministry was over…or was it? When some Israelites were burying a man, enemy raiders came upon them so they threw the man’s body quickly in a tomb…it was Elisha’s tomb. Interestingly, “When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.” (vs.21)
Life flowed from Elisha’s dead bones…God wasn’t quite finished with Elisha! This was a most unusual and unique miracle – yet God still works in similar ways today. Life giving power doesn’t flow from skeletons but men and women of faith leave a legacy. Their testimony and Christ like example continues to impact lives; it will outlive them.
Whatever difficulties and setbacks this world delivers, may our lives reflect the peace and presence of a faithful God! Leaving a legacy is not something that we do…it is something that we live. We don’t wait to die to have a testimony; we establish one as we live day to day. Death may defeat us, but it doesn’t overcome the power of God…He gives us a testimony that outlives us!