“Then Elijah said to him, ‘Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.’ But he said, ‘As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So the two of them went on.” (2 Kings 2:6, ESV).
Elijah refused to be satisfied with “fire insurance.” Coming to faith in God wasn’t enough for him. He refused to get overly excited about visions to the point that he did nothing. He allowed the visions to produce change in him. And Elijah wasn’t content with obedience and the demonstration of God’s power.
Over the next couple of days we will be looking at the final segments of this story of Elijah being taken up to heaven and Elisha coming into his own as a prophet of the Most High. We will sum up our look at some the pitfalls of life that keep us from recognizing our calling…and from fulfilling it.
Three times Elisha was given an opportunity to stay where he was. Subtly and gently, Elijah probed Elisha to see how committed he was to becoming God’s best version of himself. Along the way Elisha faced many distractions from those who should have been encouraging and supporting him.
Elisha had attached himself to Elijah and nothing was going to pull him away.
Tomorrow we will look at the significance of the Jordan River in the story of Elijah and Elisha.
Blessings on your day!
Photo by Ed Kashi on https://waterinventory.org/surface_water/jordan-river-basin