Monday, June 20, 2011

Help! I'm Under Water

2 Kings 6:1-7:
The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us.  Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to live.”

And he said, “Go.” 

Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?”

“I will,” Elisha replied.  And he went with them.

They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees.  As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh, my lord,” he cried out, “it was borrowed!” 
The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float.  “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it. 

Elisha and the company of the prophets decided to build a place for them to dwell or meet in because they were  in cramped quarters.  Their resources were limited, so they borrowed tools to help them complete the work.

As one man worked, he dropped an axhead in the water.  In those days, "an iron axhead was a costly tool, and having lost it, this man faced the prospect of having to work off the value as a bondservant."  (NIV text note)

Maybe you haven't dropped an axhead, but the housing market has certainly left a lot of people underwater.  Many were just trying to provide a place big enough for their family.  What a shock to see these houses fall in value!  We definitely live in difficult economic times.   

 I wish I could say I have an answer to it all, but I don't.   However, I do love that this man cried out in desperation, "Oh, my lord, it was borrowed!"  (verse 5)

As we cry out to our Lord, I believe He will give us the wisdom we need and show us what to do.  He's the only one who knows our future and what we will face.     

If you find yourself today underwater in any way (mortgage, marriage, health, etc.), be sure to cry out to the Lord.  God cares about all that concerns you, and I believe He will listen attentively and give you supernatural wisdom to know what to do.   If God can make an iron axhead float, He can do anything, and I believe He will perform a miracle in your life too.

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