Week 12 of Word Wednesday is upon us!
II Kings 13:21 (NIV)–Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.
No one would argue that Elisha was an amazing prophet, a mighty man of God. The Spirit of God rested on him so mightily that even after his death, God still worked through him. See, there was nothing particularly special about Elisha’s bones. He was just a man. The power came from God and God alone. Do you know what I think God is saying here? Even death can’t stop the work God does, and death doesn’t necessarily mean the end of God’s work through us.
My Aunt Shirley was in her mid-forties when she died of cancer. I spent years angry with God because He chose not to save her. To this day, I struggle with it, but that’s another story for another day. See, God showed me something. My aunt died with amazing grace (which was–no pun intended–her favorite song). She hated to leave her husband and her son, but she knew exactly where she was going and who she was going to see when she got there. She honestly looked forward to seeing Jesus.
Her death was not an end. It’s been nearly fifteen years, and I still hear people speak of her relationship with Jesus, of the joy and strength and peace she carried until her final breath. I hear people talk about how she inspired them to draw closer to him. I know of at least one person who gave their life to Christ because of her example. God used her in life, and He uses her still in death. Her death was not an end of her life, but the beginning of a legacy. Folks, God doesn’t waste anything. Think about it.
Care to share your favorite verse from II Kings? Would love to hear from you in the comments below or in a link to your blog. Looking forward to hearing from you!