19 So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” 21 And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.
I Kings 19 Part 3–Wanted 1 Prophet with a Similar Name?
Elijah’s time was coming to an end. God, as always, had a plan in place. So Elijah was sent and found Elisha who was at home taking care of the family farm. God used Elijah to call Elisha and Elisha, while a tich hesitant, obeyed and followed God’s prophet. It was a hard decision, But Elisha left his family and business to be about God’s business. It would turn out to be a great blessing for the nation and for Elisha.
God puts us into positions where we also have to choose. We are faced with hard choices, but as with Elisha, we must continue to choose and honor God, no matter how difficult the choices seem to be. If we will continue to choose and honor God, He will make our path straight and use us to complete His plan. We can never underestimate His plan for us. Nor must we underestimate our value to God when we choose to obey. David and Moses were shepherds. Elisha a farmer, Abraham a wanderer and Gideon a harvester. None were poster children for the superhero calander; but all were used in mighty ways dur=e to their willingness to follow and honor God. Let’s follow God and do the same.
God Bless You
The Call of Elisha