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The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of July 6-12, 2014, is 2 Kings 6:1-7.It is such a simple story, a childhood favorite, yet it conveys so much about the character of Elisha and of God. The small things in life are important too!  As you meditate on, prayer over, and reflect upon this week's verse, consider your small problems and to whom you are relying on for a solution to them.

 

Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See, the place where we dwell under your charge is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan and each of us get there a log, and let us make a place for us to dwell there.” And he answered, “Go.” Then one of them said, “Be pleased to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.” So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. But as one was felling a log, his axe head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Alas, my master! It was borrowed.” Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float. And he said, “Take it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it. (2 Kings 6:1-7, ESV)

 

Imagine if you borrowed your neighbor's Ford F-350 King Ranch pickup truck.  While using it, it unintentionally gets damaged or destroyed.  Can you afford to replace it?  The boy is in the same situation.  He borrowed his neighbor's axe. lost it, and is unable to replace it.  Then, metal was a big deal.  If you remember when Saul and Jonathan went to war (1 Samuel 13), they were the only two individuals in the entire Israelite army who had steel weapons!   The axe head had fallen into the muddy Jordan River.  The boy knew where it was, he had been attentive to what he was doing and not careless, but he was unable to retrieve it.    Elisha cared enough to help with what on the surface may appear to be a small issue, but to the boy, Elisha's help meant everything.  God cares for our problems so much more!

 

These verses also represent our salvation.  We have moments of weakness and sometimes fly off unexpectedly into muddy waters (sin, temptations).  While in the muddy waters, we can no longer perform the tasks we have been called to by the Lord.  Yet, Jesus came and died for our sins.  Through His death on the wooden cross, we are able to rise out of the muddy waters and once again be used for the purpose for which we have been carefully crafted.

 

Just as the boy took his "small" problem to Elisha, salvation allows us to take our small problems to the Lord.  If Elisha, a man, can care about small issues, how much more does the Lord God care about our, His children's, small issues?  Small issues can stress us out and pile on until they become large issues.  Do not wait for the small things to grow.  Make life easier on yourself and turn over your problems to the Lord!

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