When It Is Not So Well, It Is

II Kings 4: 22 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. 23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.25 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: 26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well:

Her child was dead. She went to the man of God and said it was well even though it wasn’t.  Here is an example of a godly woman to whom trouble came unexpectedly.  She would have died instead of the child.  When asked by her husband, she said it shall be well.  When asked by Elisha if she was well, if her husband was well, and if her child was well, she answered it is well.  All the while he lay dead of a heat stroke on Elisha’s bed.  She rode the donkey in high gear from her home to where the man of God stayed.  I wish we’d all go that quickly to God in times of trouble.  She knew her only hope was getting to the man of God, so that’s where she went.

Years earlier she and her husband had built a chamber for Elisha to stay in when he visited their neighborhood.  When he asked what he could do for her in return she really didn’t say anything, but Elisha’s servant told him she didn’t have a child.  Knowing it was a desire, Elisha told the woman that she would have a child.  The Lord gave her desire to her even though she didn’t ask.  God makes promises to those who trust him, and he won’t go back on his word.

God has not promised a life of smooth sailing.  We do have the promise that he is there.  He always knows the best course.  This woman serves as an example to us.  Life doesn’t always go well. She could have said “I don’t know what’s going to happen and absolutely it is not well. My child is dead.”  She could have questioned God, but she showed faith and thereby gives us good instruction.  We should view troubles of life this way.

Elisha saw her coming but didn’t know what was going on.  Her response to his questions was it is well.  When we trust the Lord, in or out, up or down, it will be well.  This child was promised to them.  It’s a risky world.  We’re open to the troubles of life and the workings of the devil.  Sickness and heartache happen.  Through it all we have a stable God who is unaffected by everything around us.  Jesus has overcome the world.  Be of good cheer!

She didn’t accuse the Lord.  She said it is well.  Do we have the courage to say it is well regardless of what comes or goes?  Joshua told the people to choose whom they would serve and said as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  That’s decisiveness.  It’s what we must have.  We’ve not seen troubles like those that could come.  Would we be like this woman and put confidence in God no matter what?  Would we say it was well when it isn’t.

She asked Elisha did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?  By this he knew something was wrong even though she didn’t say it.  What she was saying was I don’t know what to do, but I’ve come to you for help.  In response Elisha sent his servant to the boy and said take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.  The mother was determined to stick with Elisha.  She said as the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.  We need this same determination not to leave the Lord or lose the faith.

The servant did as he was told, but the child didn’t revive.  Elisha went up to the child. The Bible says he lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.  Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.  He was better just like he’d never gotten sick and died.  The mother was called in to get her son.  She went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out. She showed respect to the man of God.

It will be well for those who trust in God.  It’s never too late with God.  He will not fail.  When things seem not so well, trust God anyway.  He can make a way.

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