There is a story in 2 Kings 4 about a woman who is considered in the Bible as a “great” woman or a “well-to-do” woman. She opened her home up to Elisha anytime he comes to town. This woman actually prepared a room for him in her home and cooked meals for him. One day Elisha called her to him because he realized how much she had done for him, and he wanted to do something for her. He wanted to bless her life in some way. The Bible tells us that Elisha was resting on his bed in her home thinking about ways to help her and in verse 13 he asks, “You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?” Her answer to him is very straight forward. She tells him she is fine, and she doesn’t ask him for anything.
But Elisha doesn’t let the issue drop. He wants something more for her, and he inquires with a servant to see if there is a need or desire. The servant tells him that the woman has wanted a child for a long time but has not been able to have one. Elisha instructs the servant to call her to him again, and as she stands in the doorway of his room he tells her, “’About this time next year,’ Elisha said, ‘you will hold a son in your arms.’
‘No, my lord!’ she objected. ‘Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!’”
Interestingly, she knows Elisha is a man of God, and a great prophet. She heard of the miracles he has performed. It is obvious because she has gone out of her way to provide and give to him a place to stay and food. Not that she wanted anything from him in return, but because she respected who he was. Here he is offering to give to her what she desires but she objects. It is easy to read between the lines of her objection. She has probably longed for a child for so long; prayed for a child; thought and dreamed of having a child; and maybe after all this time, she just can’t take the disappointment – not again. Instead of believing what Elisha said, she puts up her guard and refuses to accept it. She objects to God’s blessing because she doesn’t want to believe in the possibility.
I wonder how many of you can relate to her pain. I know I can. How many of you have hoped and prayed and longed for your break-through miracle and it just hasn’t come. Maybe you are objecting too.
But do you know, even when we do not have the strength to believe in the possibility, God wants to bless us anyway? You and I may give up, but God doesn’t. God knows our desires; He knows our dreams; He knows our hopes. Even though we don’t want to go there anymore; we don’t want to be disappointed; we don’t want to stick our heart out one more time; God says, “Do it anyways! Objection overruled!”
2 Kings 4:17, “But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.”
You may be waiting on an answer even now from God or you may have given up on ever having what you long to have. Maybe its a baby; or restoration of marriage; or a spouse; or an education; or healing. Whatever it is, don’t give up. Don’t quit. Don’t object to the blessing because you don’t want to believe in it. When we do for God, He will bless us in ways we could never imagine.
Your miracle is coming.