Have you ever watched as a treasure slip off your hands? A loved one (through sickness or death)? An opportunity? A property? A job?… Something that drew tears out of your eyes as you beheld it slipping away? You must have felt helpless.
You’re not alone. The Shunammite woman experienced a loss that could drive any one else crazy.
Her son. Her only son. The boy she got through divine intervention after many years of barrenness.
You can imagine the mockery and shame she’d battled with during that barrenness. And then one “dark” afternoon, the boy cried “my head, my head!” until he died on her laps.
Imagine how another mum or dad would react to this: Wail and draw the attention of every neighbor. Others would come and join in shedding tears. Only a few would even remember to call upon God for His hand to rest on that boy.
But not this Shunammite Woman. She did something extraordinary – she laid the boy on the bed of the man of God, shut the door, and went off to call the man of God, Elisha. (2 Kings 4:20-21)
The Heart Of Faith
Hebrews 11: 1 tells us that
“…Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
As we can see, this woman’s action displays faith. Her son was obviously not “well”. In fact, he was dead. But she called forth the things which be not as though they were.
Such an act of faith flows from a heart that knows her God and trusts in the Lord.
To face challenges of life and be victorious, you need a heart of faith. A heart that believes that with God, nothing shall be impossible.
Such heart is built by soaking yourself in God’s word and prayers. As you read the Bible, you get to know more about the greatness of God, and as well see how he miraculously delivered and helped others in time of need. It breaths faith into your heart. For “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
The Confession Of Faith
Faith must be backed up by action. The Shunammite woman laid the boy on the bed, probably saying, “you’re not dead, son.” As she requested for one of the young men and an ass from her husband, he threw her a searching question… Her answer: It shall be well.
Then she took off to meet Elisha. Sighting her, he asked his servant, Gehazi, to go ask the woman, “Is it well with thee…?” And her response grew stronger, “It is well.” She has come to meet God’s servant, the solution has come – It is well. (2 Kings 4:26)
What a confession of faith!
What do you say when faced with painful situations? Do you murmur, grumble, curse, and ask God “why” with clenched fists?
A lot of people abort their victory and testimony with their tongue. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Use your tongue to speak life, not death, no matter what the case is.
Your confession of faith will surely work wonders in your life.
If your heart is overwhelmed at that moment, and you’re tempted to speak negatively when you open your mouth, simply keep quiet. That was what God told the Israelites as they marched round the wall of Jericho for six days. And as they gave the shout of joy and victory on the seventh day, the walls of Jericho fell down flat. (Joshua 6:20)
It is well, dear sister.
It is well, dear brother.
It is well, dear Young Professional.
That should be your confession at all times – IT IS WELL!