Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, August 21, 2020

Theme: THE FRAILTY OF MAN

Text: “And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm… and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.” – 2 Kings 4:34, 35.

Comment: Because Elisha the prophet of God, passes through Shunem, a town of the tribe of Issachar, lying on the road between Samaria and Carmel, a kind and godly woman identified as a “great woman” decided to provide a room for him to refresh himself before continuing his journey. In recompense for her kindness, he prophesied that, “About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son… And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.” – 2 Kings 4:16,17.

On a day, the boy visited his father on the field, the devil struck him and he died. (2 Kings 4:19,20). The beleaguered mother did not make any arrangements for his burial, because she had faith that God would use Elisha the prophet to revive her son. Truly, faith can do seemingly impossible things. – Matthew 17:20; 21:21; Luke 17:6.

The Holy Bible exhorts us not to fret ourselves, but trust in the LORD. “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” – Psalm 37:3-5.      

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