2 Kings 2: A Double Portion

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” -2 Kings 2:9-10

When Elijah was ready to leave this world, he asked his protege Elisha what he could do for him. Elisha’s answer? To receive a double portion of Elijah’s spirit.

What did Elisha mean? He simply wanted to have double the spiritual blessing upon his life that Elijah had. This answer must have please the Lord, for it came true shortly afterwards.

Interestingly, there is both one encouragement and one warning for believers today regarding this concept of a double portions. First, a warning. When a person comes to faith in Jesus, he or she receives all of God they need. There is no need to seek for “more” of God. Jesus is already with you.

Second, however, there is an encouragement for us today. The New Testament teaches that when we draw near to God, he will draw near to us. When God uses a person in your life to help you grow spiritually, you are also growing closer to God and God draws near to you. In this sense, surrounding ourselves with godly people provides significant blessings. We are called to reach the unreached, yet we are also called to live in community with other believers and under the influence of those who can help us develop a deeper spiritual life. We don’t need a double portion of some other Christian leader, but we can all benefit from the spiritual wisdom of other believers who can shape our lives here and now.

 

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1 Kings 22: Only What the Lord Tells Me

But Micaiah said, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what the Lord tells me.” -1 Kings 22:14

I used to think the prophets were the superheroes of the Bible. They could tell the future, confront evil, and save the day. But the more I read about them in Scripture, the less inclined I am to make this connection.

The Old Testament prophets were powerful, yet limited. Case in point: the prophet in 1 Kings 22. He is asked by two kings to give advice. This was quite an honor. You would think he would bring a powerful, hopeful word. Instead he noted, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what the Lord tells me.”

The reality is that we are in the same situation. We can only do what God gives us to do and say what he calls us to say. We are not superheroes; we serve the ultimate superhero. Our only power comes in living for him and living according to his ways.

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1 Kings 3: Choose Wisdom

11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.” -1 Kings 3:11-13

If you were given the choice to be extremely wise or extremely wealthy, which would you choose? I have a feeling most Americans would choose wealth. Money seems like the solution to every problem, the key to influence, and the path to success.

But Solomon’s dream illustrates the supremacy of wisdom over wealth. Solomon asked for the ability to wisely lead the nation of Israel and God was pleased with the request. So pleased, in fact, that God gave himbothwisdom and wealth.

Much can be said about this chapter, but the striking principle that rings in my mind today is the importance of seeking wisdom. When given the choice, will I pursue to grow in my understanding of God and his ways for my life, or will I pursue fame and fortune? God honors those who seek him and his truth. Sometimes, he even gives wisdom and additional blessings to those who focus on his priorities first.

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