July 5

2 Kings 4:32-34 (NIV) 32When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. 33He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD. 34Then he got on the bed and lay upon the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out upon him, the boy's body grew warm.

A wealthy woman asked her husband to make a room for Elisha so that whenever he and his servant came to that town they would have a place they could stay. In return, Elisha asked God to grant her desire to have a son. She was very concerned when he made the promise, because she did not want to have false hopes. Sure enough, a year later she had a son. Don't be afraid to believe that God can bring to pass the desire He has placed in your heart.

One day the boy had a headache and died. The woman ran to Elisha and told him, "Didn't I tell you not to raise false hopes in me?" Then Elisha knew something was wrong with the boy. He immediately sent his servant to run and lay his staff on the boy while he followed. When the servant laid the staff on the boy, there was no change. There are times when we do what we believe the LORD is directing, but we do not see results.

Then Elisha went into the room alone with the boy and prayed. If our first leading does not bring results, pray. Ask the LORD what to do next. Apparently, at the LORD's direction, he did what sounds like artificial resuscitation. He did this not once but twice. The first time brought some results, but then he repeated what the LORD had showed him a second time. Then the boy awoke from death.

Remember: If the LORD takes away what He has promised you, trust Him. Even when you have acted at His direction and seen no results, trust Him. Do just what Elisha did. Pray! Ask God what to do next. Then keep doing that until He directs you otherwise or you see the answer.

July 5

John 16:7-8, 13 (NIV) 7But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:

13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

We sometimes fantasize about what it would have been like to walk with Jesus. Surely we would have better questions and been better disciples than the likes of Peter and Thomas. To have seen the miracles right before our eyes would surely have made us such believers that we would have clung to every word. Don't bet on it! One thing we can learn from Scripture is that we are all of like nature. Whether the Children of Israel in the wilderness, or the fearful disciples of Jesus, or the timid followers of Christ today, we are people in frames of dust.

In this passage, Jesus is saying that you are actually better off today than to have lived in the physical presence of Jesus! Remember, the Holy Spirit was not in them. If you were there, He would not have been in you. You would not have had the conviction of sin that you have in this day. You would not have understood His instruction like you do today. It is more than likely that you would have acted just as His disciples acted, or maybe worse.

What is better than the incarnation of God as a living, breathing example right before our eyes? It is His indwelling presence to teach and counsel us through our daily situations. Exactly like Jesus, He only speaks the Father's words to your heart. He speaks the wonderful encouraging words of the Second Coming and eternal rewards. He assures us of the final conquest by the Kingdom of God and His glorious reign over the earth. What a friend! What an encourager! Now are you sure you would rather have lived in the days when Jesus walked the earth?

Admonition: Live in communion with the Holy Spirit today!