WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
“Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.”
2 Kings 4:1 (ESV)
LIE ONE: GOD IS DISTANT
A bill collector knocked on the door of a country debtor. “Is Fred home?” he asked the woman who answered the door. “Sorry,” the woman replied. “Fred’s gone for cotton.” The next day the collector tried again. “Is Fred here today?” “No, sir,” she said, “I’m afraid Fred has gone for cotton.” When he returned the third day he humphed, “I suppose Fred is gone for cotton again,?” “No,” the woman answered solemnly, “Fred died yesterday.” Suspicious that he was being avoided, the collector decided to wait a week and investigate the cemetery himself. But sure enough, there was poor Fred’s tombstone, with this inscription: “Gone, But Not for Cotton.”
In 2 Kings 4:1 we find a woman who has lost her husband and now has creditors knocking on her door to collect his outstanding debts. This woman cries out in desperation to the prophet Elisha for help. I can only imagine the overwhelming flood of emotions she was dealing with. It would have been easy for her to conclude that God was too busy to help her or just didn’t really care.
Satan tempted Eve by getting her to believe that God didn’t have her best interest in mind when he said in Genesis 3:4-5, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” There are lots of different ways we can be tempted to think that God is so far away and our lives simply don’t matter. But that is a lie.
When we experience the loss of a loved one or when the bills start piling up it can be easy to think God is distant. However, Stephanie reminded us Sunday that the truth is God knows me intimately, loves me unconditionally, and is working in me presently. Which of those three truths do you need to be reminded of the most today? Take a few minutes and read 2 Kings 4:1-7. How did God provide for the widow and her sons? What does that passage teach us about God’s distance and care for our lives?