2 Kings 6:1-7 “Open up your eyes”
Jun 08 2020
“Open up your eyes”
In 2 Kings 6:1-7 we are told that those around Elisha wanted to expand the ministry, so they started a building project and one of the fellows had borrowed an ax to clear some timber near a body of water. As he was working, and the head of the ax fell off into the water and was lost. This fellow’s work for the Lord began with borrowed power, we must never forget this truth, in our service before the Lord, it His power to do His work. Our effectiveness is always based upon the Holy Spirit’s power and sometimes it is possible in the mist of service to lose your ax head. It’s possible in service to our Lord to not be as sharp as you once were and when the power begins to slip we will eventually, “fly of the handle” if you know what I mean? To this fellow’s credit he doesn’t keep chopping away with an ax handle, after he lost his edge. Instead, he is instructed to do four things:
- First, he needed to go back to Elisha and confesses that he’s lost his power: Confession is always the first step, we need to admit that we aren’t as sharp as we used to be and it’s us that is dull.
- Second, Elisha asks him where he’s lost it at: We need to get back to the place where we lost your edge; you know return to our first love, Jesus!
- Third, notice that Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water: This speaks to us about trusting the Lord. He calls us to, by faith, do things that to the world may seem very foolish.
- Finally, Elisha tells the servant to bend down and pick it up: That’s what God always say’s to us after we have lost our edge “pick it up for yourself”!
Dear ones these are great lessons we can learn from Elisha. It will serve us well as we are told that one day when one of his servants saw a great army surround the city where they were camped and came to Elisha and asked, “Master what ever shall we do?” and Elisha said in 6:16-17, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, and said, "Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” Dear ones, lost your edge? Time to get it back and get back to work!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!