Sunday, April 26, 2015

Don't Let The Road Rob You

Dont Let The Road Rob You

God is in control.  We are focused on the wrong things in life.  Often we hone in on what we are going through without asking ourselves why, for what purpose, and how we can go through it.  The road of life will rob you of Joy, Peace, and Courage for the future.  We see how to go through things in the lifes of Leah, Joseph, and Ruth. 

Leah was unloved, but endured and received the honor of being a grandmother of Jesus.  Joseph, overcame many personal hurts and professional challenges to become the savior of his family and Egypt.  Ruth never let her past dictate her future. 

There are too many examples to list in one setting.  Life is a script that only you and God can write.  There are three areas that God wants you to have in full measure throughout your life.  They are:




While we will experience sorrow from time to time in life, God wants us to have these three attributes actively flowing in our lives all the time.  Lets look at a woman from Shunem today as God is speaking to many about not letting the road rob you. 

2 Kings 4:8 One day Elisha went to Shunem. A prominent woman who lived there persuaded him to eat some food. So whenever he passed by, he stopped there to eat. 9 Then she said to her husband, I know that the one who often passes by here is a holy man of God, 10 so lets make a small room upstairs and put a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp there for him. Whenever he comes, he can stay there.
            Make Room For the Presence of God
11 One day he came there and stopped and went to the room upstairs to lie down. 12 He ordered his attendant Gehazi, Call this Shunammite woman. So he called her and she stood before him.
13 Then he said to Gehazi, Say to her, Look, youve gone to all this trouble for us. What can we do for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’”
She answered, I am living among my own people.
14 So he asked, Then what should be done for her?
Gehazi answered, Well, she has no son, and her husband is old.
15 “Call her, Elisha said. So Gehazi called her, and she stood in the doorway. 16 Elisha said, At this time next year you will have a son in your arms.
Then she said, No, my lord. Man of God, do not deceive your servant.
            Dont Be Afraid to Believe The Word of the Lord
17 The woman conceived and gave birth to a son at the same time the following year, as Elisha had promised her.
18 The child grew and one day went out to his father and the harvesters. 19 Suddenly he complained to his father, My head! My head!
His father told his servant, Carry him to his mother. 20 So he picked him up and took him to his mother. The child sat on her lap until noon and then died. 21 Then she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut him in, and left.
            Put Your Problem in the Place Where God Resides
22 She summoned her husband and said, Please send me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, so I can hurry to the man of God and then come back.
23 But he said, Why go to him today? Its not a New Moon or a Sabbath.
She replied, Everything is all right.
            Your Internal Attitude is More Important Than Your External Circumstance
24 Then she saddled the donkey and said to her servant, Hurry, dont slow the pace for me unless I tell you. 25 So she set out and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel.
When the man of God saw her at a distance, he said to his attendant Gehazi, Look, theres the Shunammite woman. 26 Run out to meet her and ask, Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your son all right?’”
And she answered, Everythings all right.
27 When she came up to the man of God at the mountain, she clung to his feet. Gehazi came to push her away, but the man of God said, Leave her aloneshe is in severe anguish, and the Lord has hidden it from me. He hasnt told me.
            Pursue Gods Intervening Authority
28 Then she said, Did I ask my lord for a son? Didnt I say, Do not deceive me?’”
29 So Elisha said to Gehazi, Tuck your mantle under your belt, take my staff with you, and go. If you meet anyone, dont stop to greet him, and if a man greets you, dont answer him. Then place my staff on the boys face.
30 The boys mother said to Elisha, As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you. So he got up and followed her.
            Dont Let Go
31 Gehazi went ahead of them and placed the staff on the boys face, but there was no sound or sign of life, so he went back to meet Elisha and told him, The boy didnt wake up.
32 When Elisha got to the house, he discovered the boy lying dead on his bed. 33 So he went in, closed the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he went up and lay on the boy: he put mouth to mouth, eye to eye, hand to hand. While he bent down over him, the boys flesh became warm. 35 Elisha got up, went into the house, and paced back and forth. Then he went up and bent down over him again. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.
36 Elisha called Gehazi and said, Call the Shunammite woman. He called her and she came. Then Elisha said, Pick up your son. 37 She came, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; she picked up her son and left.

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