Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.
– Charles Stanley
The Spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha
Then Elijah said to him, stay here please, for the Lord has sent me on to the Jordan. But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan. Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
2 Kings 2:6-8
Elisha continued to walk with Elijah and did not give up. They were on the last leg of their journey, crossing the river Jordan. The final lap is always the most challenging, they were almost at the end but the race was not over. There were fifty prophets who were discouraging Elisha from following Elijah, but he persevered.
Does this sound very similar to us? If we were at the tail end of a project and something went wrong or we have a setback, would we give up? Elisha had one goal and but determined to achieve it, and he was rewarded.
Winning a race takes years of training and perseverance. It is the same with our goals to move in God’s power and anointing. Elisha did not take a short cut, but went through all the stages starting at Gilgal and finishing by crossing the river Jordan.
After crossing the Jordan, Elijah asks, “What do you want?”. Elisha then asks for a double portion of his spirit. Elijah tells Elisha that he has asked a difficult thing, but if he sees Elijah taken up to heaven, then the request will be his.
Yes, Elisha saw the chariots of fire and the horses, and his spiritual eyes were opened to see the supernatural. However he did not know until he took the mantle that Elijah left behind and casted it upon the waters of the river and it parted. This is when he remembered the word of Elijah to him before he left.
The desire of Elisha was not for his personal edification, but to fulfil God’s call in his life. Just as we see Elisha’s spiritual eyes opened, would we seek the Lord for our spiritual eyes to be opened so we can fulfil His desire in our lives?
Open my spiritual eyes so that I may see the things that You want me to see, and bring glory and honour to You. Amen.
God bless you,
Theo & Manju
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