Summary: Is your faith strong enough to say that all is well?
Intro. Our passage today has five main characters.
1. The Preacher, Elisha.
2. His servant, Gehazi, the man of God in training.
3. A woman, wife and mother.
4. Her husband
5. Her son, her reward
Some historians believe this boy was the prophet Iddo. Not sure. She comes running to Elisha, and he asks - vs. 26
What a question - Is it Well? With you, with your husband, with your son?
And she answered - It is well - how could she answer this way? In this time of trouble - a wilderness in her life - It is well?!
I. She did not answer this by Her Course - a nameless woman, but one that had all life could offer. Many think if they can have certain accomplishments all will be well, but our course in life is not how we can answer this question.
A. Her Status - (great) vs. 8 (wealth, fame in her area, great in character)
B. Her Spirituality - vs. 9 She had Spiritual discernment - I perceive this is a HOLY man of God. Not just a man of God, but she recognized holiness.
C. Her Service - vs. 10 Let’s make room for the preacher. - She made a place for the things of God in her life! - Met the necessities of the preacher
1. Bed 2. Table 3. Stool 4. Candlestick
The circuit rider - Everything he needed to stop, rest, and even study!
D. Her Satisfaction - vs. 13
1. Elisha offered her promotion, or a favor in the kingdom
2. She responded - I am perfectly satisfied with my lot in life - Content!
Are you content with where God has you? Have you made a place for the things of God in your life, or are you so consumed with your course, you do not have time for a real life before God. But our course alone does not answer the question.
II. She did not answer this because of Her Companion - Our Companions effect our Spiritual lives.
A. Her Submission - she did not order the servants to build the room but went to her husband. I believe the man was Spiritual, see in a minute, but probably not as much -Wives you will not win your husband with hardness. Always do right, but remember -1Pe 3:1 "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives"
B. Her Security - She had a husband. Unlike the widow in vs. 1-7
Her husband listened to her, and agreed in letting the preacher come by and stay.
1. He was a Spiritual husband - This would also speak of his Spirituality, he may not have been as Spiritual, but he was not in opposition. (remember Nabal) -
1 Samuel 25:10 "And Nabal answered David’s servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master. 11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?"
How many times do husbands discourage their wife’s Spiritual desires because their’s are not as strong! We need Godly homes.
2. He was a Sensitive father - Let his son go into the field with him - spent time with his son - Sent his son to the compassion of mom and out of harms way.
He had no idea of the seriousness of this. Most believe it was a heat stroke, possibly even an aneurysm, whatever it was - he knew mom would take care of him.
C. Her Supply - He husband was not lazy, but provided for her. You find him in the fields with the servants at harvest time.
1. An Earthly Security - He Provided for His family - field at harvest time - a godly couple, serving, yet the man was not afraid of work.
2. An Evident Sensitivity - vs. 23 He was Concerned for her - when she wanted to go to Elisha, he questioned the trip and the time. He questioned if she could find him, it not being a holy day. He was concerned for her welfare. Some may ask why he did not go himself, but being harvest he was in the fields and she saying not a word of the death of the child. He would assume “All was well”.
This woman had a good home, but
Her Companion could not answer this question - She had a good marriage, but that alone would not answer this question.