Now I don’t know about you, but I personally have a hard time keeping the faith and hope, like that of the Shunammite woman, especially when it comes to my own promise. Let’s take a look at her story (Read 2 Kings 4:8-37). We see in verse seventeen that she was promised a son, which she gave birth to a year later. Years go by and she joyfully watches her promise grow. Life was good, until one day the boy fell ill, and not just ill, but the Bible says in verse twenty, “he died”. What a blow that must have been, her promise was dead, I’m certain she was not prepared for such a tragedy.
Have you ever been through a time when you’ve heard the voice of God, and begin to walk in your promise, only to find it looking lifeless? The second part of John 16:33 reminds us that “in this life we will have trouble”. Sometimes life throws us curveballs, things we never see coming. Maybe for you it’s been a diagnosis, a major financial struggle, children who continue to rebel, marriage counseling that isn’t working, or “the” job you haven’t heard back from yet.
No matter what struggle has come between you and your promise, don’t mourn yet because it’s not over. We read a few scriptures down (about verse twenty-three) that while the Shunammite woman’s son literally lay dead, she goes on her way saying, “it will be well”. Seriously? Has she lost her mind? Her son is dead, it’s over, let the mourning begin! But no, instead she chose to respond with faith and hope in the promise giver, rather than her circumstances. Too often I respond the opposite and I put more faith in my circumstances than I do in God’s promises. You see, the way we react to our circumstances is often the very thing that determines whether our promise lives or dies. Had the Shunammite woman mourned her loss and never went to the man of God, her promise would’ve died and stayed that way.
Let’s read 2 Kings 4:33-34 “So he entered and shut the door behind them both and prayed to the Lord. And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth to his mouth and his eyes to his eyes and his hands to his hands, and he stretched himself on him; and the flesh of the child became warm.” He lived! Her promise lived! I encourage you to remember that just because your promise may look dead, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.
How are you responding? Have you put your faith in your circumstances or in the promise giver? Let God breathe life back into your promise, despite what your circumstances say, God will always accomplish what he says he will. “So my word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.” Isaiah 55:11
I wrote this today in loving memory of a very special lady. Because you are with Jesus, it is well.
In loving memory of “Gran” Dianne Bowman
August 1, 1946- April 25, 2016