For such time as this (Day 28)

‘The Word of the Lord was with him’

Character in time of Crisis notes ( day 28)

But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?” 2 Kings 3:11

In yesterday’s notes, we saw, how the three allied armies found themselves in a potentially disastrous situation due to lack of water ( 2 Ki 3:9-10). I find the reaction of the kings to the situation as being so prophetic for our day. Joram, the son of Ahab, is sure that they are doomed and that this is the Lord’s doing ( vs 10,13b). Jehosaphat king of Judah gives a very different response. 

But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?” 2 Kings 3:11  

Is this a prophetic voice for today as well?  Think of the parallels, the nation’s club together to ally against a common enemy, they try to form a strategy to defeat this common enemy, but they struggle to even meet the challenge of this common enemy. Until someone asks “What about God? What is God saying in all this ?” What I see in these days of Coronavirus is a nation, and nations running about in blind panic without reference to God. We are falling and failing as we are addressing this issue without reference to God.  What is God saying to our nation? What is God saying to the Church? Is God even speaking to or through the Church anymore? 

 What is God saying to our nation? What is God saying to the Church? Is God even speaking to or through the Church anymore? 

What was needed then, what is needed now is a Word from God. So notice what Jehosphat’s assessment of Elisha is “The word of the Lord is with him “ ( vs 12). The same assessment is given of the prophet Samuel that the word of the Lord was with him ( 1 Samuel 3:20-21). It was the authenticating sign of the prophet. Think of Samuel, in the first place as a young man, the Lord was with him. Even in a day when the word of the Lord was rare (1 Sam 3:1), God was preparing His man to declare His word for such a day and time.

So that by the end of 1 Samuel chapter 3 – we read;

‘The Lord was with Sam… And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognised that Sam was attested as a prophet of the Lord ‘( 1 Sam 3: 19-20). 

So with Elisha, he is attested as a prophet of God. When he struck the river with Elijah’s cloak in faith, the waters parted ( 2 Ki 2:14). But notice something else with me too ( 2 Ki 3: 14 “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives whom I serve …’ Now flick back to to the beginning of Elijah’s ministry ( 1 Ki 17:1) ‘AS the Lord the God of Israel lives, whom I serve …‘. 

 As Elijah served God, so does Elisha. And as the word of the Lord was on the lips of Elijah so on the lips of Elisha. How that prophetic voice is needed today for such a time as this.

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