“You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” ~ 2Kings:2One of my very favourist stories can be found in 2nd Kings. You probably know it. It is one of the most dramatic in the Old Testament.
The time has come for the prophet Elijah to depart the world. This was commonly known amongst the prophetic people. Anyway, in those days prophets trained to be prophets under a practising prophet by becoming their servant & Elijah's servant was Elisha.
Elijah knows God is coming for him so twice he suggests Elisha leave him but this Elisha refuses to do. He is Elijah's servant. More, he is Elijah's designated heir to the prophetic mantle. He is sticking with him to the end.
Finally Elijah turns to Elisha & says: “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” And do you know what Elisha asks for?! A double portion!!!! I don't know why this has always struck me with amazament but it has. Elisha's not content to just accept the leftover scraps. He's bold. He says, in effect, I'll have what you have ~ & then some!
I was sharing recently, because it struck me that Elisha was onto something & so I have been praying for a double portion. The person I was sharing with looked at me dumbfounded then said in tones of utmost horror, Don't you think that's a little greedy?
I'd never thought of it like that so I thought about it & here's what I concluded. My heavenly father is rich. I could ask for a hunderedfold of His spirit & it would still not even begin to drain His resources. We are commanded to love the Lord our God with all our strength & all our might & all our soul ~ something not humanly possible. The only way to actually obey that command is if His Spirit enables us so logically the more of His spirit we have the better able we are to love Him in the way He desires to be loved. Thirdly, we're not shy about asking for worldly things. You know people will tell me all the time that they are saving for this, that or the other or that they are upgrading to a newer model whether it's a house a car or a t.v set. Don't you find that just a little odd?
Here's God filling His word with promises we can claim & we fix our eyes firmly on the things of this world. Why shouldn't we be greedy for the things of God? Why shouldn't we desire to have as much as He is willing to gift us with? ~ & He's prepared to gift us very lavishly indeed if we just ask.
The things of this world will pass away. They are already going. They rust; they mold; they plain wear out. The things of the spirit do not perish. Why do we not eagerly desire that which we can actually take with us into the Kingdom?
In the Last Days the people of God are going to face terrible persecution. If I'm around when that happens I want to be like Elisha, who finding himself heir to the mantle of Elijah, struck the water with Elijah's cloak & demanded: “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?”
He did expect to be answered. ~ & he was; decisively. Yep, I want a double portion!