THURSDAY, JULY 28
9 When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.” And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.”
2 Kings 2:5-6 (NLT)
FACING UNCERTAINTY: RELY ON GOD’S POWER DAILY
On a wall in the Museum of Natural Science in Chicago there is a checkerboard with 64 squares. In the lower left hand corner is a grain of wheat. The display includes this question: “If you doubled the amount of wheat as you move from square to square, how much would you have when you reached the 64th square? A carload? A trainload? You would have enough wheat to cover the country of India six feet deep.” That is the power of multiplication.
As Elijah is about to depart, Elisha asks for a double portion of God’s power in his life.
Like Solomon, Elisha asks for no worldly advantage, but for spiritual power to live out God’s will. The “double portion” is that which denotes the proportion of a father’s property which was the right of an eldest son Deuteronomy 21:17. Elisha therefore asked for twice as much of Elijah’s spirit as should be inherited by any other of the “sons of the prophets.” He simply claimed to be acknowledged as Elijah’s first born spiritual son.
Elisha made it with God’s power. Mike asked the question, “What are you doing each day to tap into the power that God has given you through the indwelling Holy Spirit?” What have you done since Sunday to tap into God’s power?
Thank God for offering you the power you need to make it through uncertain times. Ask God to grow His power in your life.