Churches, temples and other places of worship ask their members to pitch in. This typically involves gifts, offerings and tithes to help maintain buildings, ministry needs and running costs. Yet, in the early days of any congregation, sacrifices and time are crucial. Those who see the big picture often make room for God’s servants.
She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us,” 2 Kings 4:9-10.
In the Old Testament, there’s an account of a woman who came up with a selfless idea. Not wanting to act alone, she shared this with her husband, convincing him to put an addition on their home. When construction was completed, she left on open invitation to the prophet Elisha to stay whenever he was in the area. This act of kindness was repaid by the Lord.
“About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.” “No, my lord!” she objected. “Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!” – 2 Kings 4:16
The symbolism of a barren woman in the Bible represents a lack of blessing from God. Meanwhile, those who give birth to multiple children are deemed to have God’s favor. The context of the passage above suggests this woman was well beyond the age of child bearing. Despite this fact, Elisha promises the impossible, the miracle of a future son. While not every kind act of repaid in full, the Lord honors those who make room for God’s servants.
by Jay Mankus