Peace and power,
You know what I’m talking about right.. the peace of your salvation and the power of the Lord working hand in hand..! Yeah that’s what I’m talking about.
The shunamite woman in 2nd Kings is Peace and Power. Her story was just a few chapters and verses in the book of 2nd Kings but her faith is an example to me.
The cliff notes, there was a prophet who used to come to town regularly so the woman and her husband made a room for him in their house, being kind. That’s the first thing, he didn’t ask them to provide for him, they saw his need and they listened to the God in them and provided something he needed. He didn’t have to beg, plead or shed blood, they offered. That represents true kindness and being the hands of God.
The prophet was so thankful he offered to do something wonderful for them. He knew they had no children so he told them they would have a child next year. I love her response.. “Elisha said, “About this time next spring, you will be holding your own baby boy in your arms.” The woman said, “No, sir! Man of God, don’t lie to me!””
2 Kings 4:16 ERV
See this was the desire of her heart ❤️. She wanted him to be sure because if he promised it and she didn’t get it, well you know how that goes. She could have become bitter and turn from God if he was not being truthful , but that’s not her story, nope she gets the child of her desire and life is good.
One day as the boy played in the fields he became ill, the father said “Take him to his mother”. Now my mind is all over the place with this statement, first I was thinking 🤔 you’re his dad, can’t you handle it? Then I thought, ok you are busy in the field and there is nothing like Mama When you don’t feel good. Ok ok that’s me thinking but he gets to his mama and dies. Lord! 🤦🏽♀️
Mama is no regular Mama right? So she lays the boy on the prophets bed in her house. Remember the boy was a reward for her faithfulness to Gods prophet. She then tells the servants to get the donkey ready and she heads out to see the man of God! Her husband wants to know why?
“And he said, “Why will you go to him today? It is neither new moon nor Sabbath.” She said, “All is well.””
2 Kings 4:23 ESV
All is well? What do you mean, our son is laying dead in that room and you leaving talking about ALL IS WELL! I’m sure he was thinking “where do they do this at?”
As she approaches the prophet he sends people out to greet her.
“Run at once to meet her and say to her, ‘Is all well with you? Is all well with your husband? Is all well with the child?'” And she answered, “All is well.””
2 Kings 4:26 ESV
ALL IS WELL.. I bet you’re thinking she is crazy.. butthat’s what Peace and Power looks like.
I’m going off script here, I’m using my very creative imagination to try and imagine what the people had to be thinking as they saw her. Her child was dead and she was getting on a donkey talking about going to search for the prophet. What can he do right? The kid is dead! They probably felt sorry for her and thought she was losing it. But their opinions did not stop her. She got on that donkey and went to find the man of God.
“Then she said, “Did I ask my lord for a son? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me?'””
2 Kings 4:28 ESV
She made a demand on the word of God, yes she did, she reminded the Prophet of their earlier conversation. Peace and Power! The prophet went home with her and made it right, and the son was restored to life.
Peace and Power.. when tragedy struck her house she did not weep and cry and fall apart. She grabbed the peace of her salvation and met her situation head on. She used the Power of God to speak to the situation and make it right. It’s like she knew if she could get to God that he would make it alright. She knew the situation appeared dead to everyone else but not to her. She did not care what others thought as long as she could get to God! Hallelujah a praise goes there. Peace and Power!
ALL IS WELL