October 27: The Shunammite Woman

Read 2 Kings 4:8-37

Spending money is easy when it’s your parent’s. For about the first 18 years of my life, I was on mom and dad’s payroll, or at least that’s how I saw things. Just about the only thing I would pay for was gas and insurance for my car. Spending was easy, because it wasn’t mine! I rarely thought twice if mom and dad were paying for it. However, when I became “of age” I received the responsibility of paying for everything myself. Decisions became a little more difficult.

One thing that never really peaked my interest was tithing. If I worked so hard for this money, why would I give it away? For the longest time, I didn’t tithe because it never registered that “it all belongs to God”. I hadn’t connected the fact that everything is on loan from God. We have been blessed immeasurably by God and tithing is one way that we give back. It wasn’t until I saw a podcast from a pastor in Texas that I changed my mind. “Tithing isn’t giving,” he said, “it’s returning.” From that day on, I believed that it all belongs to God and tithing has been a part of my budget ever since.

Another individual that learned a similar lesson was a Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4. After housing the prophet Elisha many times, he tells her she will be expecting a son. She, of course, doubted only to see Elisha’s statement come true in a year’s time. Years pass before he tragically dies. Understandably confused, the woman goes to inquire of Elisha. A miraculous healing takes place but the story contains an important principle for all of us today.

Are you a believer that “it all belongs to God”? Do you thank Him for all the blessings you have received in life? A common trap to fall into is thinking that you are to thank for earthly accomplishments and blessings. While you play an important part, if it wasn’t for God, where would you be? Who gave you the hands to work? Who gave you the eyes to see? Who gave you the lungs to breathe?

Take some time and thank God for His many blessings. Don’t lose sight of the reality that it all belongs to God. He blessed us, not because we deserve it, but so that we can bring glory and honor to Him.

jdl

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