Characteristics of Mother by Eddie Foster

Read II Kings 4:1-37 as background for the message.

A real miracle was about to happen. Creditors were going to take a widow’s sons to pay off her debt. Elisha told her to borrow empty vessels, as many as she could. She was instructed to shut the door and begin to pour oil into the vessels from her own little vessel. Here’s the miracle. Once a vessel was full, it was set aside till she filled them all. She kept pouring and pouring and it all came from one little vessel. Elisha told her to sell them and pay off her debt. Sometimes we limit God. She could have filled more vessels. We serve a big, awesome God!  He can still perform miracles.  He hasn’t changed.

Then Elisha goes to Shuneum. There was a godly couple there who built a room onto their house for him to stay there when in the area. He wanted to do something for them for their kindness. His servant Gehazi told him she had no child. He went to her and told her she’d have a son. Sure enough. She did. The child grew. One day in the field he complained of a headache; he was taken to his mother and later died. If I’d been her I would have thought “what a cruel thing to do.” She didn’t ask for this child and now he was dead. She took him to Elisha’s chamber and went to find the man of God. He sent his servant to the boy but he couldn’t raise him. Elisha went into the room.  And he went up, and 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. He came back to life.

Let’s look at some things about this mother. [1] She had a spirit of contentment. (v13)  She was not materialistic. Even when Elisha asked what she wanted, she asked for nothing. If God said that to you, what would you ask for? Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. She had her home, family and her God. That’s all she needed.  [2] She was thoughtful and kind. Knowing Elisha needed a place to stay, she built a prophet’s chamber for him. (v10) Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. [3] She was a devoted mother. (v20) And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. She stayed with him all morning.  [4] She was perceptive. In verse 9 she perceived Elisha to be a holy man of God. And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.  [5] She had great faith. When the child died, she believed it “well.”  Elisha sent his servant to ask her this in verse 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.  She didn’t scream out that her son was dead. She trusted God. That’s what we should do.

How is it with you?  Well?  It can be. These characteristics can be ours.

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