A question was asked by Elisha right after witnessing the ending of Elijah’s earthly walk in a fiery chariot taken up by a whirlwind. After it was done, one might think it was the end. Elijah was gone. Was God gone? Even though we see the ending of things here, God is still here. He stays. The mantle that Elijah had was used by God to perform many miracles. It was now in Elisha’s hands.
II Kings 2: 13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.
God of Elijah, where are you? The first thought we might have is that Elisha doubted God. Did the question come from doubt and fear? We depend on people around us, sometimes too much. We’re all imperfect and can let each other down. God is the first one we should call. He’s the primary one to trust and lean on. We can’t be everywhere, but God can.
A load unexpectedly fell on Elisha. Do you feel like life has loaded you down and you’re alone? You’re not! If it was not for God, you’d be crushed by the devil. It’s by God’s grace and mercy we’re here. God used the mantle of Elijah in many ways. Where Elijah was going he didn’t need the mantle. God will use us in our earthly mantle to give him glory and help us live a life of victory. We can have victory if we’ll call on the God of Elijah.
Elisha holds the mantle. He has one way to go—back across the water. He stood at the raging Jordon River. God didn’t ask him to swim it; he asked him to trust. You have what it takes to cross your Jordon’s if you trust God. When the wise men saw the star in the east they followed it. They knew the scriptures. When they got to Jerusalem they asked where is he that is born king of the Jews. Did they doubt? No. They asked where he was because they wanted to know where he was. Later some Greeks asked Philip where Jesus was. They wanted to see him. Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see Jesus.
Psalm 48:14 says for this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. Those who seek God find him. This is what’s missing. We don’t seek God like we used to. Many only seek God when they’re in a bad spot. You need to seek God now. You don’t really realize how deep and wide your Jordon is. The things people worship today are not God. There is one true God. He was the God Elijah knew. He wasn’t Elijah’s God because he invented him. We didn’t invent God. He created us. God gave his Son because he knew we couldn’t face the rivers of life alone. We needed a Savior. Even those who choose not to believe still have a Savior who died for them.
The mantle came down and Elisha caught it. You have the opportunity to catch Jesus today. He was born, crucified and put in the grave. He came out in victory, and if you’ll call on him he will part your Jordon just as he did Elisha’s. He got to the river. He faced it just like you and I have to face ours. Elisha saw how deep and wide it was. How wide is the water that separates you from God? Elisha looked into heaven and asked where is the Lord God of Elijah? You’ll see many types of gods on the TV and in the media. You cannot be a god no matter whom or what you trust in. A dollar bill won’t send you to hell, but if you worship it, it will. The foolish rich man in the Bible found out that in one night his soul was required by God. He found that his wealth couldn’t hold him here. Nothing else can be your God because there is no other God. Satan knows his end is the lake of fire and his intention is to take everyone he can with him. He wraps people up in temptation and lies. Don’t believe him when he says there is no God. There is a God, the God of the Bible. No wonder God doesn’t show himself to some people. They only ask questions to challenge God at who and what he is. If you come seeking God as Elisha did, you will find him.
This was not a new mantle made for Elisha. It was Elijah’s old mantle. That’s all he needed. The truth of God is from time everlasting and is as fresh today as the first day we believed. When I ask the God of the Bible where are you, I know. God knew Elisha’s intent. He took that same mantle with the same faith in the same God and smote the waters. They parted. The power is in who it has always been. God hasn’t lost his power. We may lose our faith, but God hasn’t lost a thing. The people who have made it to heaven used the same Word we have in our hands today. They passed it to us.
Crossing the rivers of our lives is impossible without God. Ask the question. Go by the mantle of the Word. The waters will part and you’ll cross safely over.