Practical Living, Part 3of3, by Evans Olang

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.”

In practical living you are either going to be part of the solution or part of the problem. Part of the problem is making things harder than they already are while part of the solution is looking for avenues, opportunities and ideas to face and tackle the present situations. The bible says, “one shall chase a thousand, two shall put ten thousand to flight“. What a way to double forces in a situation because of what God does with two who are in agreement. Remember it’s not addition but multiplication (doubling forces). “And how will two walk unless they agree” Why do you think the enemy fights unity? If he can set couples to fight against each other, he will have no one fight him. Praying together as part of the solution will do wonders. God might show your spouse something for both of you that could have not happened had you not come in agreement. One might see something the other did not see. Also you are going to be either an encourager or a discourager, the choice is yours.

Vs 23, “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.” This was said by the Shunammite’s husband. He is asking why his wife is going to find the man of God. Is he forgetting he has a dead son? Also why does she have to do it today? why not tomorrow, another day, at a specific time? Is faith based on season?. He probably did not know that he was discouraging his wife from doing something that could restore their son. After all, it’s by her that they received a son and it’s by her faith that THEIR son could (will) be restored. She needs a little encouragement, a little support and because she will not receive it from the man she loves, she encourages herself with this three words “IT IS WELL”. Not doing it for herself (MY) but for her husband too (OUR). In the natural circumstances it is not well, Faith sees beyond the natural and negates the facts.

Vs. 26, “Please run now to meet her, and say to her, “Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?”‘ And she answered, “It is well.” She takes a trip, her husband is not accompanying her. She has a destiny, the life of THEIR son depends on the moves she makes and finally when she is seen far off by the man of God, the man of God sends his servant to make sure everything is well and she says “it is well”. How would she say it is well with her husband when she hasn’t received any help from him? She had a chance to talk negative about her husband before the man of God. Remember she did not get any help, instead she chose to defend her husband. She had a chance to do her husband evil but she did not. It’s damaging to hear how some people negatively talk about their spouses. Being quick to display their weakness, this does a lot of damage. It is well with her son? he is not dead until the man of God comes and certify that he is. Not that she doesn’t know the difference, she is acting by faith. Is it well with her? not really, she must be emotionally exhausted, physically drained, maybe frustrated by what is happening in her home yet she understands that it’s not over until God says it’s over. Practical living is when you have faith for something greater when someone else does not see it. Your approach to situations can boost the faith of the other person when they see the calmness in you and how you deal with things in a dignified manner. Being calm in the midst of the storm. You don’t have things in place but you are not consumed by what is around you. Yes you may sit and cry for a while yet you reach to that point where you take action. You sail through the storm without the storm coming into you. Long story short, the boy came back to life after Elisha came and prayed to God. I believe the husband had more respect and admiration for his wife, her faith, her tenacity. His faith must have been boosted, he got his son back, he must have increased the trust of his wife’s judgment and must have loved his wife even more. She was no ordinary woman, something like this could have destroyed other marriages but she sought opportunities even in hardship to make it better knowing both their strengths and their weaknesses. Blessings Evans

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