Today you should read: 2 Kings 2:1-18
Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven (v.11). What an awesome sight that must have been for Elisha and the sons of prophets. This is not something that ever happened even in the Old Testament times of miracles and prophets. Although when I read this passage I get mesmerized by this exchange that is not what I want us to focus on today. What I would like to focus on is the actions of Elisha in verses 12-14.
When Elisha saw his master or, for lack of a better term, “spiritual father” be taken up to heaven he did something next that I think we can all learn from.
1. He put off his old life and put on the new.
The tearing of clothes was a sign of mourning but I think it also symbolized Elisha leaving his old life behind. God had now called Elisha to lead like Elijah had before him and it was time for him to step up into his new role. We see Elisha do this by picking up Elijah’s cloak as a symbol of accepting the role.
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”Luke 9:23
We are called as believers to deny our old lives and follow after Jesus but often we try and drag our old lives with us along the way. We need to have resolve like Elisha to embrace our new identity in Jesus.
2. He trusted in the power of God.
Elisha immediately went to the water and put his faith into action by striking it with the cloak. He had seen Elijah do this before so by doing so himself he is demonstrating that he believes in God’s hand on his life.
God promises so many things to his children in his Word (Galatians 5:1, 5:22-23, Romans 8:1, Ephesians 1:3-14, James 1:5, etc.), yet the average Christian hardly experiences these truths. Why? Because we fail to act in faith on the truths of scripture.
Question to ponder:
What is your identity? How would your actions define you?
Posted by: Chad Wiles