Practical Living, Part 2of3, by Evans Olang

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2Kings 4:18, “And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. 19, And he said to his father, “My head, my head!” So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.”

2Kings 4:20, “When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died“. What do you do when is supposed to be “OUR” responsibility turns out to be “MY” responsibility when it’s broken? The Shunammite woman and her husband enjoyed the presence of their son, a son of old age, a son to pass to pass inheritance to. Having a son was huge therefore this husband must have been respected and for that reason things changed. The bible does not call this woman notable for nothing because even in the midst of tough situation, she can still calm herself when no one is around to calm her down. A responsible father would have taken a step to see what needs to be done, worked together as a couple to see how their son can be cured. The bible says the boy sat on her knees till noon and then died. Could it be possible that she was confused as to what to do next while the boy sat on her knees? maybe frustrated by the fact that she is left to deal with the tough situation alone. What do you do at times when those who should be there for you are not there for you? I know God has a way of cushioning you to encourage yourself. Don’t stay frustrated because someone who needed to help you is not there when you really needed them the most. God may use them many times, and there are days God will use you to be your own encourager. God may show you that He reserved a tank of encouragement in you for a time like this. The timing has to be right. This is practical living knowing that your help is in the name of the Lord and that God is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. God with His help may trust you with a responsibility He would not allow your spouse or friend to have. I believe this works to your advantage therefore how you react to your spouse’ weaknesses will be different. The husband had his own strengths, providing for the family, I also see a weakness in him, not knowing what to do in tough situation.

Vs. 21,”And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. 22Then 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.” We have a husband who has quit too soon, he even discourages his wife from doing something about their situation as you read the passage. On the other hand we have a wife who is very unique. A dead child on her knees, what’s next? No one to comfort her at their time of loss. The miracle worker is not present, not even sure if He has the power to raise the dead. She can’t even cry over what she has lost, in other words no pity party for her. What appears to be over for everybody is not over for her yet and that is why instead of burying her dead son, she places him on the bed of the man of God and takes a journey by herself to find him. She has faith when no one else does, she knows she has to do something about the situation or it will never be done. God bless the wives, they have such spirit of perseverance, they stick with it till it’s done, they don’t quit too early. They know how to pick themselves up and keep moving. There are husbands who will agree with me that had it not been for their wives who stood by them through thick and thin, they would have made some wrong business decisions, given up on dreams, jobs, desires, progression you name it. Some husbands almost threw in the towel but their wives believed in them to encourage them not to give up. God created help meet, God pulled her not from the head so she would rule over him or from the legs that she would be beneath him but from the side that they would be on the same page and work together. Practical living celebrates one’s strength in the midst of one’s weakness and not letting one’s weakness bring you down. You can see your spouse through the eyes of faith, if the Lord has not given up on him or her in his or her weakness, you too shouldn’t. Great lessons are learnt a lot in those times where weaknesses manifest. God uses them to refine us. To finish, Blessings Evans

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