Lesson Nine | Devotion #5: Elisha
Noble Baird |Community Center Director
“My God is Salvation.”
Bold, by definition, means, “not afraid of danger or difficult situations.” Every summer, we ride into prisons all across the state of Ohio. It is a ministry that I have personally come to love and respect. The level of trust that God has given to us as a ministry is mind-blowing to me, and also very humbling. As we ride into these prisons, play rock music, put on a magic show, pray, and then pass out books, it is all done with the message of the Gospel. The one thing we want each of those men and women to experience is an understanding of who Jesus is and how He died for them. Being in those prison yards is a mission field unlike any other. We enter into a dark place where hopelessness is around every corner. As we walk through the sally ports and into the prison yards, our prayer is not only for strength and opportunity, but that through us boldly proclaiming the Gospel, lives would be changed.
Yesterday, we looked at an amazing prophet by the name of Elijah. He was known by his name as “My God is Yahweh,” however, he also lived this out in his life. Today, I want to look at his successor, Elisha. At the end of 1 Kings 19, we are introduced to a new young man who is called by God, through the prophet Elijah. It is at this point when Elisha leaves from his father’s fields to follow after Elijah. Fast forward a few years, at which point Elisha had spent much time learning alongside Elijah, and Elijah’s time on earth has come to an end. In 2 Kings chapter 2, we have the amazing account of Elijah’s departure from this earth. Before he is taken up in a chariot of fire, Elijah asks Elisha what the one final gift he wants of him before he leaves. It is at this point that Elisha makes the bold request in 2 Kings 2:9, “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.’ And Elisha said, ‘Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.’” As Elijah is taken to Heaven in a literal chariot of fire, Elisha’s request is fulfilled, and his ministry explodes in a mighty way.
As we enter into the prison yards every summer, we boldly ask God to do the same as He did with Elisha, a double portion. Are you simply satisfied in your walk with Christ? Are you satisfied in the ministry you have? Elisha could have asked anything, yet he asked to be used more by God. He boldly asked to be thrown in more situations, so that everyone would know who God is and that He is the only way. So, what are you boldly asking of God? Do you want to stay comfortable, or are you asking for that double portion?