It is easy to get depressed, rehearse our problems with someone else, or give up when going through a difficult time. Jesus knows what we are going through because he took all our pain, sickness, and sins on the cross. Jesus sacrificed His life so that we can have victory in every situation. All we must do is believe and receive what God has already done for us.
2 Kings 4:8-37 is about a rich Shunammite woman and her son’s death. The Shunammite woman invited Elisha to her home each time he was in town. She reverenced Elisha when he came to her home because of the gift and anointing on Elisha. Elisha told his servant to tell the Shunammite what could be done for her since she went out of her way for them each time they came to town. The servant said, “she has no son, and her husband is very old.” Elisha told his servant to call for the Shunammite woman. Elisha said to the Shunammite woman, “you will have a son by this time next year.” The Shunammite woman said to Elisha, “do not deceive me.” As Elisha said, the Shunammite woman was pregnant the next year and had a son with her husband. When her son got bigger, he was out in the field with his father and cried, “oh my head, my head.” The father told his servant to carry his son to the mother. The Shunammite woman held her son when the servant brought him to her until noon, and he died in her arms.
I can only imagine having a child, watching the child grow, and then your child dies in your arms.
However, the Shunammite woman laid her son on the bed and went to the man of God, Elisha. For those who were raised in the church and are familiar with the scripture, James 5:14-15 says 14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him; and if he has committed sins, they shall have forgiven him.
This is what the Shunammite woman did. She told her husband to saddle her a donkey and ask for one of the young men to come with her to see the man of God. He wondered why you were seeing him; it is not the New Moon, nor is it the Sabbath. She replied to her husband. “it is well.”
The Shunammite woman had great faith. Most of us would be calling our family members and planning the funeral. What is impressive about the Shunammite woman is that during her situation, she said, “it is well.”
When the Shunammite woman arrived at Elisha at Mount Carmel, the servants/people there saw her and rushed to her. The servant asked, “is it well with you, the child, and your husband?” She replied, “it is well.” When she got to the man of God, someone tried to push her away, but Elisha said, “Leave her alone. “Can’t you see this woman is in distress?”
The Shunammite woman told Elisha, “Did I ask my Lord for a son? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me?'”
Elisha went with her to see her child.
2 Kings 4:32-37 said 32 When Elisha came into the house; he saw the child lying dead on his bed. 33 So he went in and shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he went up and lay on the child, putting his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands. And as he stretched himself upon him, the flesh of the child became warm. 35 Then he got up again and walked once back and forth in the house and went up and stretched himself upon him. The child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 36 Then he summoned Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite.” So, he called her. And when she came to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” 37 She came and fell at his feet, bowing to the ground. Then she picked up her son and went out.
We can learn from the Shunammite woman that during your lousy situation, speak the word of God or the outcome you want. Take a step of faith. Surround yourself with godly people of faith who can pray for you. You cannot tell everybody when you are taking a step of faith because they won’t understand; they can hinder your faith, and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from obtaining what God has for you. Because of her faith, her son was brought back to life.
All is well because Jesus took everything: sickness, sin, hurt, pain, rejection, financial problems, etc….. and nailed it to the cross. To receive what is already done.
When going through hell, say all is well.
Prayer: God, thank you for your grace, and mercy endures forever. Lord, all is well because of Jesus’ sacrifice for me. Jesus went through hell for me so I could have victory. Thank you, Lord, for your unfailing love. No matter what hell I may go through, it is well because it was finished on the cross. Thank you, Jesus, for your Blood. In Jesus’ name. Amen