Smoked filled the air as the oxen was charred over the flames. A hypnotic, hungry aroma wafted across the field to the neighbor’s houses and beyond. It would usually signify a celebration, a feast, a joyous time when families and friends would gather but this was different. This was a sacrifice. It was bloody and difficult, and it cost something.
II Kings 19:19 “…he…took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.”
You simply cannot live for God part-time. You have to live for God intentionally. You have to live for God deliberately. You have to live for God with determination.
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
It was just touch. A nudge from the man of God. It wasn’t a song or a sermon or an altar call – it was nudge as God slowed his pace for moment to challenge a young man to change his direction. Elisha could have dismissed what he felt and continued plowing. He had every reason in the world to keep doing what he had always done but he felt something, and that something changed his life.
A mother watched in horror as her son broke from her grasp and barreled headlong toward the stage. She did her best to catch up with the determined young man, but he was just too fast for her. He pushed back the curtains and ran toward the piano. Her mouth dropped in a gasp as he began to play Chopsticks for the capacity filled stadium. Fighting to get to her son, a man discouraged her with a look as he sat down beside the child on the piano bench. Reaching one arm around the child, the master began to play filling in the gaps as the young boy banged out the only tune he knew. The crowd stood to their feet in awe. The master whispered to the child, “Keep playing.”
John 2:10 says “…Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” The first miracle that Jesus performed was transforming water into wine. It takes at least seven years to make good wine and some wines, it takes up to 20 years. God accelerated the process. Amos 9:13 says “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper…”
The difference in Elisha was the brush of Elijah’s mantle. The difference in our life is the touch of the Master. Elisha had the choice of staying with the oxen or to follow Elijah. We can stay where we are at or we can decide to stop limiting God in our lives. There is a promise of perpetual blessing. God is able to accelerate things in your life. What has been doesn’t always have to be and where you have been living, what you have called home doesn’t have to limit what God can do.
I’m praying this week that you experience God without limits. I challenge you to get down beside your bed and pray, ask God to open to you all that He has available. God won’t let you down.
Love and prayers,
Pastor Jack Smith.