Today, we shall be looking at 2 Kings 2:1-25. Elisha had just witnessed the extraordinary departure of Elijah, his boss, to heaven and for that reason; he got double the anointing of Elijah. And shortly after that memorable event, the men of the city pleaded with him to help them make their water wholesome, and he did. But as he was going up a road in Bethel, some youths appeared and mocked him on account of his being bald-headed. Then, he turned around, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two female bears came out of the woods, and mauled forty-two of them.
I revisited this popular account recently, and I extracted a couple of points from it. Please permit me to share three of them with you here to encourage you. They are:
1. You may suffer afflictions while doing good. Elisha did a very good thing by healing the city’s water, but in return, he suffered the affliction of being abused by the youths. Likewise, you may suffer afflictions which may crop up in form of pain, embarrassment, harassment, distress, etc., if you do good, especially for the Lord. Jesus Christ confirmed this position in Mathew 24:9, when He said: ”…you will be handed over to be persecuted (afflicted) and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me”. So, if you suddenly find out that your good works are being paid back with afflictions, please don’t be too alarmed, as such is common (Psalm 34:19a).
2. You may be tempted to give up on doing good. Many people would have given up on doing good, if they were in the position of Elisha. Similarly, you may be tempted to give up on doing good, just to have some peace, if you are faced with afflictions. Unfortunately, peace doesn’t usually come up that way! I therefore advise you to cling unto God very strongly, and persist in doing good. And like the Psalmist, let your battle cry be: ”Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident” (Psalm 27:3). Elisha didn’t give up and so, you shouldn’t as well!
3. God will save you; He’ll bless you if you don’t give up on doing good. Elisha did not give up on doing good for humanity and God and in return, He (God) saved him from the unruly youths (2 Kings 2:23-24) and then, throughout his ministry. He also blessed Elisha’s ministry with monumental signs and wonders. If you too, remain steadfast and persist in doing good, I assure you that God will bless you sooner or later. Apostle Paul pointed this out in Galatians 6:9 as follows: ”And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”.
Friend, I encourage you to be committed to doing good not only for God, but also for humanity at all times. Use your modest or vast talents, opportunities, possessions, connections, etc., to make life comfortable for as many people as possible. Kindly give sufficient/special consideration to the underprivileged people in your society. Please love them, feed them, clothe them, preach to them, pray for/with them, and remember to win their Souls for Christ (this is absolutely important). I must confess to you here that doing all above and more, may not be easy because the Devil will without a shred of doubt, go after you and bombard you with numerous afflictions. He might even attempt to devour you (1 Peter 5:8) and you may find yourself wishing to give up. Please don’t! And if you remain firm to the end, you will be blessed and saved here on earth (Numbers 6:24), and when you get to Heaven, God will give you the highly coveted crown of life (James 1:12) in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
C Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2013