June 18 - Elisha's Example For Us

By Terra Hangen

Today's Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-21

Central Thought: Many people, even kings, hear God's call and say, 'no,” while a humble farmer like Elisha dared to answer God with a 'yes.”

    Elisha is a farmer who heard God's plan for him and said, 'yes.” The books of Kings describe ruler after ruler who knew right from wrong and chose to do evil. One bad king followed another, with the king in today's reading—King Ahab—searching everywhere for the prophet Elijah in order to find and kill him.

    At this dangerous moment in history, Elijah approached the farmer Elisha as Elisha was plowing a field with his yoke of two oxen. Elijah told Elisha to stop plowing and to follow him. Elisha's reaction, as described in 1 Kings 19:20-21, was to run after Elijah, asking only for time to kiss his father and mother goodbye before joining him. Elijah gladly gave him time to not only kiss his parents but also to prepare a feast for them. Elisha's next act was to leave his family and follow and assist Elijah—abandoning the farming and family life he knew so well, heading into an unknown and dangerous future.

    How many of us are obedient and bold enough to answer, 'yes” to that call? We have a healthy fear of danger and so many pressing responsibilities at home and at our jobs. Elisha's example reminds us that we need to be receptive to God's leading us and to be prepared to go as He directs, even when it is not easy and pleasant at first glance. One thing is certain for all Christians—one day God will call us home to Him. Until that day let's follow his bidding here on earth.

Devotional Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to be bold enough to be obedient to Your calls as Elisha was.

Today's Bible Reading: 1 Kings 19:1-21; Acts 12:1-23; Psalm 136:1-26; Proverbs17:14-15