Double Portion – #5
Elisha picks up where Elijah left off. Read 2 Kings 2:13-18.
He also took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and returned and stood by the bank of the Jordan. He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, “Where is the Lord , the God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over. Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho opposite him saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him and bowed themselves to the ground before him. They said to him, “Behold now, there are with your servants fifty strong men, please let them go and search for your master; perhaps the Spirit of the Lord has taken him up and cast him on some mountain or into some valley.” And he said, “You shall not send.” But when they urged him until he was ashamed, he said, “Send.” They sent therefore fifty men; and they searched three days but did not find him. They returned to him while he was staying at Jericho; and he said to them, “Did I not say to you, ‘Do not go’?”
2 Kings 2:13-18 NASB
Elisha is the one who is left. Now, it’s time for him to take what he has seen and what he has learned and to actually make it his own. Now he wants to confirm the true Lord and God and see him work directly in and through his own life.
For every one of us, we must make a personal decision regarding our relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s not enough to watch someone else. It’s not enough to be around someone else who has a relationship. Eventually come a we must pick up the mantle ourselves and have our own personal relationship with God. Elisha did that and he found God faithful for him just like he had been faithful for Elijah.
Sometimes it may take others a bit to recognize our relationship with God, just like for the other prophets, but for us, we know when we are serious about making that commitment to have our own relationship with God. Have we done that?