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Lessons you learn from the story of the floating ax head in the Bible

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It is often easy to see God and recognize how we are to respond after reading a story in the Bible. However the story of the floating ax head in 2 Kings 6:1-7 is a bit challenging. This passage is challenging but not impossible to find the lessons we are to learn from this story

According to 2 Kings 6:5-7, "As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. "Oh, my lord," he cried out, "it was borrowed." Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. "Lift it out," he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it. (2 Kings 6:5-7)

Elisha was a prophet in charge of a school of prophets. There were many of them, and they were tired of being confined to cramped quarters. They gained Elisha's permission to move near the Jordan River and build a place there. In the process of building, one of the men lost a borrowed axhead in the Jordan. Elisha responded to his distressed pleas by casting a stick into the river. The axhead floated and was retrieved by the grateful builder.

There are several life applications or lessons: (1) Don't panic even when others are distressed. Elisha kept his cool and performed a miracle. (2) Accidents do happen. How we respond to them tells a lot about us. The builder was a prophet in training and felt responsible even though it was an accident. (3) If we play it safe all the time and never take risks, we will never get anything done. This incident set the prophets back only momentarily, but they eventually built their log cabin. Improvements require some risks. (4) Nothing is impossible with God as seen in the miracle of Elisha. An iron axhead can't float under ordinary circumstances. It should have sunk to the bottom of the river, but it didn't. God's power prevailed.

If you are facing difficult situations (including sinking axheads), don't panic. Respond without casting blame on yourself. Be flexible enough to venture out of your cramped environment. Realize God can perform miracles (cause iron axheads to float) when we trust Him to do so.

There are lessons throughout the Bible. We just need to read and study the Bible closely to learn those lessons.

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