“And when she came into [the upper room] to him [Elisha] he said, pick up your son. So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out” (2 Kings 4:36-37 NKJV).
Giving praise from man toward God expresses joy; but the praise of God toward man is the highest commendation (Zephaniah 3:17). Thanksgiving season presents an opportunity for embracing ‘every good and perfect gift coming from above’ (James 1:17).
Scottish Catechism declares ‘man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever’. Building a bridge of thankfulness opens the gateway to His throne of mercy. Illustrating the more worthy the object, the more intense the worship. Bursting joyance scatters nourishment everywhere and listed among the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22).
Studying the Shunammite woman brings needed light and understanding of adoration to the only Thankworthy One (2 Kings 4). Seeing this woman interact with Elisha portrays ‘thanks-living’ and a meek spirit.
Elisha, receiving double portion of miracle-power, tutored under his spiritual father Elijah. Elisha walked from Mt Carmel through Shunem continually and trained understudy prophets. One day a wealthy woman from Shunem invited Elisha for a meal. Delighted with the man of God’s character, she asked her husband to build a rooftop haven [upper room] where Elisha could rest body and mind.
Elisha’s countenance lifted by the Shunammite’s kindnesses, he returned the favor “Next year at this time you will be holding a son in your arms” (2 Kings 4:16 NLT). Her son, now older, fell ill with a hurting headache and the mother held him on her lap; but around noontime he died (2 Kings 4:18-20).
Beckoning the Shunammite to pick up her once-dead now-alive son, Elisha knew God worked a miracle. However, before she would hold her precious son, she bowed to the ground in humble thanksgiving.
*I can’t imagine what she felt that magnificent glorious day---perhaps this:
“I could sing of your loving merciful goodness forever but that wouldn’t be long enough”.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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