"WHERE DID IT FALL?"
“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” (2 Kings 6:6 NIV).
“The company of the prophets” (or theological students of Elisha) faced a problem of lack of space for their training, so they tried to find a way of solving the problem. They suggested that they should relocate to Jordan where they would have a lot of space. They thought they could solve the problem on their own. We should not be surprised when Elisha gave them up to their arrogance. However, one of the students realized their folly and humbly invited their master to follow them. Surprisingly, Elisha agreed to follow them.
The students with their master went near River Jordan to prepare another place for themselves. As they were working, the axe head of one of the students fell into the river. He could use the opportunity to rest or pretend as if nothing had happened, but he cried out for help instantly.
Elisha asked the most important question from the embattled student, “Where did it fall?” He did not ask him how it fell or the cause of the problem. He asked him about the exact place where the axe head was. God is not interested in the trivial detail of your problem. His interest is in the problem and how it will be solved.
The blind Bartimaeus was crying for help to Jesus, but Jesus seemed to be telling him, “Man, be specific. Do not bother me with the detail of your problem. What exactly do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51). As if he also got the message, he declared, “Rabbi, I want to see.” When you are in any problem, instead of grumbling, specifically make your request known unto God, and a miracle is waiting at your doorstep. Hannah was childless, she went to God and specifically told Him about her predicament, and she was blessed with Samuel (1 Samuel 1:9-20). Jabez cried out to God for a particular problem in his life, and He bailed him out of the big mess (1 Chronicles 4:9-10).
The Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6), and “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Do you involve God in your day-to-day activities, or you are thinking that you can do without Him? Are you using your problems as an excuse not to serve God? Who do you turn to when you are in trouble? Only God can help you. Call upon Him; He is ready to help you. However, you have to be SPECIFIC. Tell Him exactly what you want, and He will surprise you.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
This message was first sent out on September 15, 2003.
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