Summary: We look at the declaration of Faith---IT SHALL BE WELL, or no named heroes.
THE DECLARATION OF FAITH: IT SHALL BE WELL
or No Name Heroes
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.
I don’t know what you are going through today?
But I know a God that loves you. God has a plan and a work for you.
You can never find fulfillment without ministry.
Please study this?
Don’t give up! Don’t give in!
IT SHALL BE WELL.
2 Kings 4:1 -- 37
A DECLARATION OF FAITH:
2 Kings 4:23 And he, (her husband), said, Wherefore wilt thou go unto him, (the Preacher), today? t is neither new moon, nor the Sabbath. AND SHE SAID, "IT SHALL BE WELL!"
The lesson today has five characters:
1. The Preacher, Elisha, the Man of God.
2. His servant, Gehazi, the man of God in training.
3. A nameless woman and mother, nameless to us, not to those that knew her or to God.
4. Her husband and provider
5. Her son, her seed, her Divine provision, her reward.
IT SHALL BE WELL.
Seems the Preacher, Elisha was a circuit preacher and he and his servant traveled all around the nation teaching, exhorting, and ministering to people.
The lesson teaches us God has many ministers. Some get the up front ministry, others quietly support and help the minister to minister.
WHAT IS MINISTRY?
My simple definition of ministry is this:
TO SEE A NEED, TO PRAY, TO DEVELOP A PLAN,
AND TO HELP TAKE CARE OF THE NEED!
See if this idea of ministry is Biblical?
As the Preacher traveled and grew hungry, he would eat old bread he carried.
One day this nameless woman came up to the Preacher, and said,
"Why don’t you and your servant come home with me today and eat?
I have plenty of food to share."
We call this woman, the Shunammite woman.
The lady saw a need.
The man of God would minister to all the people and then be very hungry, and have little to eat.
As this lady started her MINISTRY it seemed so little and useless.
Maybe she had to convince her husband, this is the man of God and he deserves better than old, cold bread. IT SHALL BE WELL.
Ministry cost! She would have to plan ahead, she would have to cook extra.
She would sweat. Food never came from cans and the grocery store.
This MINISTRY COST GREAT EFFORT! IT SHALL BE WELL.
Little did this woman realize, MINISTRY has benefits.
Perhaps it would take many years to experience the benefits, but God knows and keeps good records.
It was not long until Elisha and his servant was back ministering in the area.
The Shunammite woman invited them to her house again.
Her house was lonely, just her and her husband, and when the preacher was there
the little woman felt so good. Sure, there was extra sweat, but she could feel the blessings of God reign on her little home. IT SHALL BE WELL.
MINISTRY OFTEN OPENS UP MORE MINISTRY!
One day when the Shunammite woman finished her dishes,
she watched the old Preacher and his servant as they left.
It dawned on her, where are they sleeping?
maybe she heard the Preacher coughing?
And her heart ached as she saw another need.
O, God, Your Precious Man is sleeping on the ground under the stars.
This can’t be!
As she pondered the Man of God sleeping on the cold, damp ground,
as realized a need. She could have pondered, I feed the two of them, this should be
someone else’s burden, not mine.
As the Preacher and his servant sat at her table eating and enjoying her precious gift of service that she offered not only to the two men, she was COOKING FOR GOD!
They finished eating one day and left her house, they were so tired, the traveling, the ministry to the people, the woman saw another chance to MINISTER to the Minister.
IT SHALL BE WELL.
She sat down next to her precious husband and leaned her head over on his chest.
She said, "The Lord has really blessed our home since we started feeding Elisha and Gehazi. I love you so much. God put us together. But, HONEY, I THINK THERE IS MORE FOR US TO DO? What about you?"
He might have replied, "Baby, we feed those two Preachers all the time, ain’t that enough? We are poor, do you know what all that food does? It doubles our expenses?"
As her heart burned, she knew she could never be a minister, yet she knew she had a ministry. She knew there was more. IT SHALL BE WELL.
I am so thankful to those that see a harvest, white and ready to be harvested.
One day, the lady woke up to a sound of a hammer, the husband caught the vision that had been birthed in her heart. They started remodeling their house. They cut down trees, made the lumber.