In the book of 2 Kings chapter 4, you can read the story of a remarkable woman of faith. As often as the prophet Elisha would pass by, she would invite him in to eat with her and her husband. She even went so far as to petition her husband to build an upper room within their home for the man of God to lodge in when he passed, to which her husband graciously obliged. For all her faithful service and kindness to God’s servant, the prophet, she was promised that in a year she would have a son seeing as how she had no children.
All came to pass, but one day when the child was still young, he fell ill in the field, overcome by the elements of laboring in the field with his father, the child died. The woman had been given a promise from God, yet now her promise was dead in her arms. All hope seemingly stripped away. Yet when her servants asked what was wrong, she replied only, “it is well“.
You see, though her promise was dead, as long as her faith in it was not, “all really was well“. Instead of giving up, blaming God, or anyone else, she drove as fast and as hard as she could to God for help. For who can steal from God and not be made to repay what was stolen? This promise was from God, therefor she trusted that even though it had died, as long as her faith in it had not, then God would resurrect it; and resurrect it He did.
“Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.” – 2 Kings 4:35-36
Has your promise died? What has God promised you that you have held close to your heart for so long? Has it only become more impossible then when He first promised it? Has the hope of it ever coming to be as it was promised become utterly hopeless, except by faith? Good! Because until it comes to this point, the point of utter death, of complete hopelessness of completion by natural means, by you, by anyone, or even any devil; will God finally step in and do what ONLY HE CAN DO! For only He has resurrection power and by it does He prove that He is God and none other!
You see our God specializes in bringing dead things back to life, therefor we need to specialize in believing that. The truth is that your promise has to die before He can bring it to life in all its glory and power. It has to die so that it can stop being “your” promise and be resurrected by His mighty hand and manifest as “His” promise. By this is He glorified and your faith secured!
Many years after this woman’s child of promise was resurrected, God sent an other promise into the world. A promise of hope, deliverance, salvation, Kingship, power, majesty, and might! That promise walked the streets of Jerusalem healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, causing the lame to walk, the captive to be set free, preaching, teaching, and proclaiming the acceptable year of the Lord! Yet while He labored lovingly in His Father’s field, He was nailed to a cross and the promise died.
“And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.” – Luke 24:19-21
Yet again, all would seem lost, but for the limitless power of our God who specializes in bringing dead things back to life! Full of resurrection power toward those that believe! Dead promises, dead hopes, dead relationships, dead ministries, dead situations, He can bring life to anything, even to you! Are you dead in sin? Believe that He can even bring life to you by the power of His Holy Spirit! The more impossible it seems the more you can stand in faith that He is willing to do it, not just for you, but for the faith of others, and for His glory!
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” – Romans 8:11
If your promise has died, then stand in faith and praise God because it means that the promise is not just for you and that the faith of many will be effected by the impossible resurrection of that promise by His own hand! Have faith and He will turn your mourning into dancing! What began as impossible, through faith will end as the miracle that everyone around you has been needing to see to cause faith to rise up in them. In this is your seed of faith planted, buried, left for dead yet waited on until it springs up in newness of life, bares fruit and is multiplied in the hearts of others.
You see, if the woman had only received the promised child, it would have brought faith to her and blessed her alone, but when the promise died and it became completely impossible, she then had to stand in impossible faith in her God of impossible power in the sight of others! Then God was able to move in impossible ways to resurrect that promise, not only bringing the promise back to life, but the faith of others with it!
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” – John 12:24