This lesson of Elisha promising a woman a child is a reminder to us that all things are possible with the LORD God. We have to believe and all things are possible.
2 Kings 4:8–17
Elisha passed to Shunem, a city in Issachar located 5 miles south of Mount Tabor, where was a great woman; and she encourage him to eat bread. And so it was, that as often as he passed by, he turned in to eat bread.
And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God, which passes by us continually.
Let us make a little roof-room chamber, I pray you on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he comes to us, that he shall turn in there.
Elisha came turned into the chamber, and lay there. And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him.
And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, you have been careful for us with all this care; what can we do for you? She didn’t know.
Then Gehazi answered Elisha that she had no child, and her husband was old.
Elisha said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. And he said, about this season, according to the time of life, you shall embrace a son. And she said, No, my lord, you man of God, do not lie unto your handmaid.
And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.
What Can This Story Teach Us?
Elisha wanted to do something for a woman who provided food and lodging for him when he visited her neighborhood. She herself had asked for nothing. But Elisha’s servant Gehazi pointed out that her husband was old, and the woman had no son.
The woman had become resigned to her childlessness. Bearing children and especially sons was the dream of Hebrew women. Apparently, she had blocked all hope of becoming a mother.
How many times have your wanted something so badly but knew you couldn’t have it or achieve it? Did you take it to the Lord in prayer? Or did you just suppress it and walk away?
We need to always remember that on our own we can do nothing. But with our Lord all things are possible.
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26). “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23).
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Holstein, Joanne (2015) “Elisha Promises a Pregnancy:.” Becker Bible Studies Library (February), https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=2254, (accessed).