Elisha Pursued His Goal Resolutely

Daily God Walk for Monday, November 16, 2009

 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you. So they went down to Bethel.”  – 2 Kings 2:2 –

 Elijah was one of the most renowned prophets in Israel’s history and Elisha was his protégé. Elisha wanted to carry on the ministry of Elijah and he knew that he would have to stay close to him to learn all that he could. He also knew that the Lord was going to take Elijah soon, and Elisha wanted to be there to receive Elijah’s mantle of anointing.

Three times Elijah tried to send Elisha away, but Elisha would hear nothing of it. He knew that the thing he wanted most would be given him only if he stayed close to Elijah. As they were walking they came to the Jordan. Elijah took off his coat and struck the water with it. The water divide  and they crossed over on dry ground.

“When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me what canI do for you before I am taken from you?’ ‘Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,’ Elisha replied. ‘You have asked a difficult thin,’ Elijah said, ‘yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours – otherwise not” (v9-11).

Elisha had been mentored by Elijah to be the next prophet in the land. One thing he had learned is that to be mentored by another person one must pursue the mentor with a passion. If Elisha had not had a firm resolve to be with Elijah when he was taken up he might have left when Elijah told him to go – but he didn’t because he was committed to getting the blessing.

We have all known people who were impressed by someone else and wanted to be mentored by them, but they lacked the tenacity to pursue their mentor. Usually a person worth emulating is a busy person and busy people require a lot of tenacity to get close to them. Elisha had that kind of perseverance in his pursuit of Elijah.

Perseverance in pursuit of a goal has great rewards.

Principle: Perseverance in pursuit of a goal has great rewards.

Affirmation: I resolutely pursue excellence in serving God.

 Prayer: Lord, I do desire your best for me, but it is easy to become sidetracked; grant me the grace to stay focused on you. In Jesus name, amen.

Bible Reading: Psalm 55 – Esther 3-4 – 2 John– Proverbs 16

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