Friends – I must apologize. I have fallen behind. I’m…I’m falling. I need your prayers. My priorities are not what they should be, and I apologize. Hopefully I can get back into the habit of posting every day. Hopefully you can trust me to do that again. Or – don’t trust me. God will strengthen me. If I post consistently – then He’s helping me! If I don’t – then that’s my failing (and He’s still helping me).
If there is any good, that’s God. If there’s any bad, that’s me.
Anyway! Today’s passage!
(NIV1984) 2 Kings 2:6 – “Then Elijah said to him, ‘Stay here; the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.’
“And he replied, ‘As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.’ So the two of them walked on.”
There are just a couple of things I want to point out there: one, the “rule” of three, and two, that last sentence.
It’s interesting to me how three times Elijah tells Elisha to “Stay here” – whether before going to Bethel, Jericho, or the Jordan. And yet they go together, everytime; he doesn’t leave. It reminds me of Jesus’ discussion with Peter – the three “Do you love Me”s and, now that I think about it, the three denials. The number three is a huge thing here.
Second, that last sentence. In the other two times, it was “they went” to either Bethel or Jericho, but this time it’s “the two of them walked on.” I love that description of this scene – of the two of them just continuing to walk. And it makes me think of our walks with God and how those continue on, even when or as we walk together.
That’s encouraging to me. No matter how many times I screw up, God doesn’t leave. Elisha refused to leave, and God doesn’t leave me. I’m never alone. That is perhaps the most encouraging thing.