I would encourage you to read 2Kings 4:8-37 to get a full understanding of today’s message, since I do not have the space to include the whole text here. There are seven lessons I would like to point out this Shunammite woman teaches us. It will particularly benefit mothers, but we all can certainly glean from her actions.
1. She made room for God in her life (vs. 8-10). She would compel Elisha, a prophet of God, to dine with them when he was passing through. She then decided to make a place for him, and prepare a little guest room for him, so when he was passing through, he could stay with them. She put a high value on experiencing the presence of God in her life. Jesus stands at the door of our heart, and He knocks to be let in. Make room for Him today.
2. She believed God’s promise, even though she had doubts (vs. 12-17). To be a great person of faith does not mean you have no doubts. It means you take your thoughts captive, and overcome your doubts. Though she doubted at first when Elisha said she would have a son, she obviously put those doubts aside and received the promise of Psalm 133:9 - He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.
3. She comforted her child (vs. 18-20). Mothers are to be comforters. God compares this motherly comfort to how He cares for His people (Isa 66:12-13), and how Paul said he cared for the churches (1Thess 2:7). Though God is a Father, yet the female attributes of mothers come from Him. In fact, in Hebrew, Holy Spirit is feminine in the Old Test. Now, I’m not saying the Holy Spirit is female, but that He has those motherly attributes, such as being the Comforter. Although there is a good case for the Holy Spirit being female, since when He filled the disciples on the day of Pentecost, everyone talked a lot afterwards… It’s just a little humor, don’t get offended!
4. She dedicated/committed her child to God (vs. 21). She laid her dead child on the man of God’s bed. She was committing him to God’s care. As Hannah committed Samuel to God all of his days (1Sam 1:11), so she committed her child to God. This is to be done constantly, not just once. Put your child in God’s hands every day! They are truly His kids, on loan to you. They are gifts from Him.
5. She watched her words (vs. 22-26). What did she say when questioned by her husband? It will be well. When questioned by Elisha? It is well. “Well” in Hebrew is Shalome, which means safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity, peace, favor, rest, and wholeness. She was speaking Bible truth, not her circumstances. She spoke faith, not fear. She wouldn’t let death come out of her mouth, even though her soul was troubled. We could learn a lot from this woman! Don’t speak what you feel, and don’t speak what you see. Speak God’s Word. Prov 18:21 - Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
6. She interceded for her child (vs. 27-30). She lifted God’s Word up to Him. She expected results. Sow the word into your children and grandchildren. Pray for them, teach them, saturate them with Bible truth. This is your God-given responsibility. 2Ti 1:5 - When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
7. She was thankful and worshipped God (vs. 31-37). When God comes through, we need to make sure we remember to always humbly thank Him for His goodness and grace. He is worthy of our worship and praise. Like the one healed leper out of the ten, we need to always turn back and give God praise! Mothers, praise God for His faithfulness! Husbands and children, praise God for your wives and mothers! Love them and honor them. Learn from this Shunammite mother of old, and walk in these principles.
Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!