While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Cor. 4:18
There is a big problem in the church today. The church does not see. It is blind in the Spirit. It does not see “the things which are not seen”. In fact, the church understands only the things that are seen; and it often scoffs at the things that are not seen…
A while ago, a friend of mine was preaching in our church and he said, “There is no worse impairment than the disability to see.”
He was talking about seeing in the Spirit.
Let us read 2 Kings 4:8-10.
8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. 10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.”
“… an holy man of God”.
I just love that. That is what a true prophet of God ought to be. Holy. Not unholy.
Today we have prophets who are anything but holy. And they are not just unholy; they are sinning big time, to the extent that they are being arrested! They are being arrested for charges ranging from rape, to money laundering and everything in between. That includes your favorite prophet from down south. And please save me the nonsense that these fellows’ arrests are “persecution for the gospel’s sake”.
But notice here that Elisha was a holy man of God.
How, pray, do we prove that Elisha was a holy man of God? Is it because this woman said so?
The answer is yes. And why, pray, should we believe her testimony? It is on account of her character. The character of the Shunammite woman allows us the privilege to believe anything this woman said. When she says that Elisha was a holy man of God we believe that is what he was.
I love the story of Elisha and the Shunammite woman. It is one of the most beautiful stories in the Bible. It is the story of a pure, holy, loving relationship between a man and woman who were not husband and wife.
I love the way the Bible portrays this woman.
“a great woman”.
It was not the husband who was great. It was the woman. The Swahili Bible says that she was “a woman of position”. She was a noblewoman. But notice also how submissive this great woman was to her husband. When she decided that something needed to be done for the man of God, she beseeched her husband.
“Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.”
I just love that. You see, with God character is everything. The Bible says of our spiritual mother, Sarah:
“Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord…” (1 Pet.3:6)
And for this reason she is the mother of all who believe.
“… whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.”
The humble spirit of both Sarah and this Shunammite woman is something every woman should emulate.
It is this same quality that makes us (and God) to believe the Shunammite when she says that Elisha was a holy man of God.