A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“And she said, ‘It is well.’” – 2 Kings 4:23
“All is well.” This was the Shunammite woman’s response to her husband when he asked her where she was going; and unbeknownst to him, she just found her son dead. This woman of great faith was not about to give in to her emotions or to the lying accusations of the world concerning her son, who was promised to her by the prophet Elijah.
Contrary to popular, but false thinking, the Lord does not take away our loved ones. Many people like to quote Job 1:21 where he lamented “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.” Job later repented of his foolish statement, as he realized that he had misspoken by speaking out of his flesh (Job 42).
God is the Author of life, not death. The Father does not take the lives of children, nor does He bring about sickness to His sons and daughters. The One Who commanded Adam and Eve to be “fruitful and multiply” is not responsible for barren wombs or deformed children (Genesis 1:28). God cannot go against what He has spoken. The Creator cannot speak against Himself, for He has sworn by His own Name, since there was no other Name by which He could swear by that would back His covenant with His children (Genesis 22:16).
There is only one who comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and that is our adversary, the devil. Jesus backed up His assurance of life with His own Blood, as He declares “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
This small woman of great faith stood on the promises of God, despite what the lying circumstances tried to speak to her. But she didn’t allow this foul voice to speak, or to move her. On the contrary: this confident soul moved her circumstances with the sure Word of God! This woman didn’t allow the devil to move her out of her faith by getting her into her emotions. We get defeated when we lose sight of the promise by allowing the distraction of our flesh to rise up by giving it place through giving in to our emotions.
The Shunammite women refused to do this. She refused to become unraveled and fall apart; and instead countered the lie with the truth of God’s Word. She called those things that are not as though they were, as Abraham did, by speaking to her situation (Romans 4:17). Instead of coming into agreement with the adversary, she chose to believe what God said concerning her son. Instead of responding to her husband out of her emotions, doubt, and unbelief by becoming unglued and testifying “Oh my God! Our son is dead! I can’t believe this happened! Why Lord, why did you take my son?! Oh woe is me!”; she chose to bear witness to the truth of the Giver of Life, by calmly speaking the sure Word: “It is well.”
The Hebrew word for “well” as used here is an amazing word. It is shalom (pr. shaw-lome), which means “well, happy, favor, prosper, peace, wholly, to be safe (in mind, body, or estate), completed, make amends, finish, full, give again, make good, perfect, recompense, make restitution, restore, reward, surely, make complete, deliver” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance).
How are you handling your circumstances, my brother? How are you testifying about your situation, my sister? Are you coming into agreement with the lies of the devil concerning you, family? Or are you setting your sights on higher truths, the only truth that carries any weight, the Truth of God’s Word; and like the Shunammite woman speaking what God spoke with a resounding “It is well.”
Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your Word made manifest as the Living Example of how we should speak and live. We come into agreement with what You have spoken: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4). Help us to always believe what You have said, and to speak what You have spoken. In Jesus Name, we thank You that greater is He Who lives within us than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to look past your circumstances toward the truth of God’s Word. Choose to forsake the lies of the world for the Truth of God. Walk continuously in God’s truth by speaking what God has spoken concerning you, your life, and all that He has promised you. And continue to fight the good fight of calling those things that are not as though they were; for God, your Ultimate Well-being, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.