BRING LIFE INTO YOUR HOUSE AGAIN
Sermon shared by Randy Bataanon
Summary: The Shunammite Woman in our text today will demonstrate the value of woman’s character when death wields its sword against the family.
Audience: General adults
3 – SHE CAN DISCERN ABOUT SPIRITUAL THINGS – V9
2Ki 4:9 …"I am sure this man who stops in from time to time is a holy man of God.
Wise woman knows where to put her investment. She knows that the man of God is a fertile ground. Investing her seed to the right place will mean great harvest. But more than the selfish motives, this woman has a sense of spiritual awareness. She can discern the genuine from counterfeits. Hence being godly doesn’t mean ignorance.
4 – SHE SHOW KINDNESS TO GOD’S SERVANT V10
2Ki 4:10 Let’s make a little room for him on the roof and furnish it with a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp. Then he will have a place to stay whenever he comes by."
Surely, there are many homeless people during that time. But this man of God caught the attention and care of this woman. She may never have the ability to preach and prophesy. But by helping the man of God do his task, this woman touch the heart of God. Those who are helping to advance God’s Kingdom and propagate His word will surely get the attention of the Most High God.
5 – SHE HAS NO HIDDEN AGENDA V13
2Ki 4:13 "No," she replied, "my family takes good care of me."
The above verse reveals the pureness of the woman’s motive. She doesn’t have hidden agenda in helping the prophet. She is not an opportunist. She just wants to help and that’s all. The prophet asks how he can pay all the kindness that she has given him. But the woman seems content and satisfied with the support of her own people.
6 – SHE POSSESSES GOOD MANNER V15
2Ki 4:15 "she stood in the doorway”
This woman is the rightful owner of the house. She is the sponsor or donor of the room wherein the prophet temporarily resides. But upon approaching the man of God when she was called, this woman just “stood in the doorway”. She gave the man of God a respect and privacy. She is the good example of good donors or sponsors should be. No matter how big your financial contribution to the church or the ministry, you have to remember that you are only God’s channel. And you have to maintain humility.
7 – SHE IS CONTENT WITH WHAT SHE HAS V16
2Ki 4:16 "Next year at about this time you will be holding a son in your arms!" "No, my lord!" she protested. "Please don’t lie to me like that, O man of God."
Many people ask God for something and when prayers were not answered, they lost their confidence on God. But this woman is different. Childless or not, this woman seems satisfied and never even dared to question God. She considers God as God. She understands that God, in His own wisdom has the right to give something to anyone and withhold them to someone. Surely this woman prayed for a child before, but even if the prayer was still un-answered, she serve and continue being faithful to God even without child.
8 – SHE CARES FOR HER CHILDREN V19
2Ki 4:19 Suddenly he complained, "My head hurts! My head hurts!" His father said to one of the servants, "Carry him home to his mother."
The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. The sudden death of the child remind us that all what we have in this world are just borrowed from God. Nothing will stay forever except for our relationship with God. That is the very reason that we must not build our lives on the sand. Sand means everything that is temporary. We should rather build our life on the Rock. Build
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