“ Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the LORD: ‘Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” (2 Kings 7:1, NKJV)
The first three words in the above passage are, “Then Elisha said,” Last week we looked at then as a trigger. It is a resolve to do the impossible through the help of God when things seem to be crumbling
One thing that must be carefully studied is the arrangement of the first three words. It reads Then Elisha said and not Then said Elisha. This means character must be developed before the spoken word can be effective. Your character will determine the potency of your spoken word.
Character is not what you were when you gave your life to Jesus but what you are everyday. The dictionary describes character as mental / moral qualities that makes one person different from the other. It describes a person’s abilities, qualities, peculiarities.
Attributes of Elisha
- Strategically Positioned
He was not one of many but the one in many. He was not one of the pack but the joker in the pack.
- Understood the heavenly language
- Honored his parents
- Totally committed
- Servant’s Spirit
Despite all these attributes of Elisha, we want to focus on one that is pivotal or to put it more clearly, a man of character understands this—the moment.
A moment can be described as, a brief, indefinite interval of time, a specific point in time, or a particular period of importance, influence, or significance in a series of events or developments.
Every individual have what can be called the moment.
We have mentioned that a man of character is able to identify the moment but what makes an individual to identify the moment? A man of character understands that:
- God will disrupt your plans: There was a lady in the scriptures that had her moment. She came to the well at the right time, though she had been trusting God for a marriage partner or the proverbial bone of her bone and flesh of her flesh but all she saw was haggard bones. The moment came when this haggard bone spoke to her that she should give him water to drink. She not only gave the haggard bone water to drink but also watered his flock. The haggard bone was Eliezer and the lady was Rebekah. Though Eliezer was not the one she wanted but Eliezer knew who she wanted. Rebekah by her action became an answer to prayer (Genesis 24:12-21).
- God will disciple the potential: Elisha paid for what he wanted. He served Elijah whole heartedly. “But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD through him?” an officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.” (2Kings 3:11, NIV)
Your last level of obedience will determine your next level of promotion. Sometimes God may create a situation whereby you will serve under somebody inferior to you but all God wants to check is how you will adapt to such a situation. Do not be distracted by hardship. To become the best you have to go through the toughest.
- God will discipline the person: At the moment, with the ordinary eyes in the physical realm the odds could be stacked against you. “Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take your master away from you today?” He said, “Yes, I know it; be quiet [about it].” (2 Kings 2:3, TAB)
- God will disguise the pain: The interesting thing about life is that no matter what God has spoken to you, he never reveals the challenges that you need to go through to accomplish it.
- God will distinguish the purpose: The moment could also be preceeded by intermittent showers of blessings. You will move from where you used to be but you must know that you are not where you ought to be. Many people have missed their moment because they went for the crumbs and missed the choice delicacy.
Listen, God is not limited in the way or mode of blessing.
When Elisha picked up the mantle of Elijah and he smote the waters, check out what he said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” Not where is Elijah.
It is never about any man. Whatever God will do in your destiny is for a purpose not about you.
After the waters parted, the sons of the prophet that wanted to view his shame said, the spirit of Elijah now rests on Elisha and they came to bow. Those that want to boo you will bow to you.
“You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and[recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16, TAB)