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Making Room

THERE IS A PLACE

The Shunemite makes room

Now there came a day when Elisha passed over to Shunem, where there was a great (prominent) woman; and she constrained (bound him, attached to him, held fast, persuaded)  him to eat bread (food). And so it was, that as often as he passed by, he stopped there to eat bread.  2 Kings 4:8

As I read the scripture above, I see a woman that would not take no for an answer.  There was persistence and purpose in her request and pursuit of Elisha.  As any wise woman knows, the way to a man's heart was through his stomach.  The scripture does not reveal how good the bread was, but he kept coming back for more.  I believe that she did what was in her power and ability to serve and please the man of God, but she was not content with him just visiting.  Even though he came by whenever he was in the area, she wanted him to be able to stay.  She wanted to be able to fellowship with him longer!

And she said unto her husband, I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. 2 Kings 4:9

The Shunemite was also a smart woman.  She recognized Elisha.  Inside, deep in her heart, she saw something different.  There was value in what she saw and there was blessing and opportunity in spending time in his presence.  The little visits no longer satisfied completely.  A hunger had been birthed in her for more. I am sure she enjoyed their talks each time he came, but there was something added.....she recognized the importance and significance of the "man of God" and she wanted to please him.......get to know him in a greater way!

Let's make a small room for him upstairs and put a bed,  a table,  a stool, and a lamp in there for him.  Whenever he comes, he will have a place to stay.  2 Kings 4:10
 
The scriptures continue to show us why she was a great and influential woman. Any wife who can get her husband to do what she asks and even get him to listen has to be an awesome woman!  She was a woman that wanted to make room for God through honoring Elisha and wanted to entice him to stay in the same house. He wouldn't have to just visit anymore.....he could live there.  She rearranged her priorities and did what was necessary to make a place. 

One day Elisha came to the woman’s house and went to his room to lie down. 2 Kings 4:11

The day had arrived!!! He came and stayed!  He rested!   He felt comfortable!!!

And he said unto him (his servant), Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what can I do for you? Would you be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the army? And she answered, "I live among mine own people". So he said, "What then is to be done for her?"  2 Kings 4:13-14

As you continue to read the story, Elisha found out that she had no child and knew that her husband was old.  Then he said to her, "At this season next year you will embrace a son".  She was noticed by Elisha because of the care and attention given to him!  Life was given where there had been none.  God was sending a miracle. In verse 17, she conceived, and bore a son at the season Elisha had spoken unto her.

How many opportunities do we miss to "spend time" with our Lord. If we would "make time" in our busy schedules and "make room"  for Him in our lives,  think about how many more blessings and miracles would surround us.  God continues to do the impossible.  There is nothing too difficult for Him and He has not changed.  We may need to get up a little earlier, give up a television program, or  weed out some other time wasters in our lives to gain the opportunity for Him to eat at our house. As we find more time to fellowship with Him in prayer and meditating upon His word,  we will want to design our own room, especially for Him.

-Frank-
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