Don’t settle for disappointment.
"So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, 'Look, the Shunammite woman! Please run now to meet her, and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’ And she answered, 'It is well.' ”
- 2 Kings 4:25b-26 (New King James Version)
A few weeks ago I shared the first half of the story of the Shunammite woman; this week I want to talk about the second half because when I read this part, I'm in complete awe of her faith. Her child had actually died but when you look carefully at her actions throughout the whole situation, you'll see that she never actually *spoke* the fact that her child was dead. THAT is what the purest form of faith looks like. That even in the face of death itself, you stand on the word God gave you. Whew. Hashtag faith goals.
This woman knew her child was a gift from God and demanded that gift remain.
Remember, she didn't even ask for that child! And she told the man of God off top, don't get my hopes up for no reason. And now, after the blessing came, here she was staring in the face of the worst possible type of disappointment and yet she refused to accept it. That’s the kind of pit bull faith we have to have! Many of us are so scared to be disappointed because we feel like there’s nothing we can do after it comes but that’s a lie! There is power to turn disappointment around if we believe it!
I know it can be hard to believe in something as miraculous as the dead being raised, but that's literally the foundation of our faith. Christ’s resurrection has taught us that God has power over death itself. That means He has power over any other possible disappointment that you might be facing or afraid of experiencing too. Like the Shunammite woman, you just gotta believe it and demand for it.
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Romans 10:14-16 → Faith comes by hearing. What you're constantly listening to is shaping your belief system; if you want to be able to believe for miracles (no matter how big or small), you need to immerse yourself in preaching & teaching about them still happening today. This is a great message to help build your faith in God being able to do the impossible.
2 Kings 4:27-37 → Read the rest of the story of the Shunammite woman and study her faith moves by looking at what she did (and didn't do).