Double Portion – #12
When we pass by, how do others perceive us? Here’s what one woman saw about Elisha. Read 2 Kings 4:8-10.
Now there came a day when Elisha passed over to Shunem, where there was a prominent woman, and she persuaded him to eat food. And so it was, as often as he passed by, he turned in there to eat food. She said to her husband, “Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God passing by us continually. Please, let us make a little walled upper chamber and let us set a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; and it shall be, when he comes to us, that he can turn in there.”
2 Kings 4:8-10 NASB
Elisha was just traveling by. It says that this seemed to be a common route that Elisha would take as he passed from one part of the country into another. The Bible doesn’t say anything about him having performed amazing miracles here. It doesn’t mention that he’s done anything special for this woman before. Yet, this woman perceives that he is a man of God.
When we pass by others, can they see or perceive our relationship to God? What do they think about who we are and why we do what we do? If they don’t see us and our relationship with God, what do they see in us? As we are children of God, our entire attitude and demeanor should be a reflection of that relationship with God and that should be evident to everyone we come into contact with.