Becoming a father in the body of Christ involves walking with God in relationship to the degree that you are not known for panicking and jumping to wrong conclusions. You learn to see beyond the circumstances in life and you are able to see the Lord at work instead.
When you begin to exhibit this type of maturity others will look to you for advice.
2 Kings 6:21 When the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, "Father, shall I massacre the lot?"
When you discover others seeking your advice it will not go to your head. Neither bad circumstances nor great successes will overcome you. You will know how to respond in either situation.
Elisha did not let this success go to his head, nor did he give in to the idea of popularity. He kept a level head about him.
2 Kings6:22 "Not on your life!" said Elisha. "You did not lift a hand to capture them, and now you’re going to kill them? No sir, make a feast for them and send them back to their master."
Because of the wisdom gained from walking with God, Elisha had more than a formula to offer. His calm response to the providential working of God rendered a lasting fruit for the nation.
2Kings6:23 So the king prepared a huge feast for them. After they ate and drank their fill he dismissed them. Then they returned home to their master. The raiding bands of Syria did not bother Israel anymore.
Elisha passed the test, the servant learned a lesson and the people experienced a time of peace. How are you handling your problems?
Are you able to see your God at work, or are you too busy looking for your own solutions it blocks your ability to see God at the moment?
The most wise counsel I could ever give you is, now is the time to seek Him. Now is when you need to become more acquainted with His ways and His heart.
Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith!
About The Author
- Tim Atchley
- Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
- I currently serve as Senior Pastor of Harvest Church in Knoxville, Tn. I was sent out from Trinity Chapel of Knoxville in 1993 accompanied by my wife Sheila our four children Sarah, Hannah, Josiah & Isaac and a handful of bold, brave and committed believers determined to plant our first church. Pioneering is hard work but well worth the journey. That is why we desire to make disciples of Christ who will, like us, also embrace the call to plant churches.