Elisha had a very practical relationship with God. Elisha simply trusted God and did not question His plan or his authority. So, as he traveled on his spiritual journey, Elisha did not try to classify what was a spiritual need and what was not. In the story today, Elisha’s friends and their kids decided Elisha needed more space to support those he trained and mentored. So they all got together to clear land and make a larger space. One of the helpers was chopping down a tree when the axe he was using slipped out of his hand and fell into the deep water. The helper was heart broken. He had borrowed the axe and had no way of replacing it. In many circles, that would not be a spiritual issue and no one would expect a miracle. In Elisha’s world, that was exactly the kind of need that God wanted to help with. So the pragmatic prophet cut a stick and threw it in the water by where the axe went in; and instantly the iron started floating. The helper was relieved and Elisha went on with his life. Elisha did not make a big deal of the miracle–because he knew God could do it, and that it would be true ministry.
It simply is not our job to determine what is an event that requires God’s intervention. We need to remember that as God’s chosen, He cares about all aspects of our lives. We must seek God and never be afraid to bring a matter before Him. The Lord can handle our needs any way He deems appropriate. Elisha understood that aspect of God’s nature. If God determined this was not a matter for His intervention, then God simply would not intervene. We should still seek the Lord and allow Him the opportunity to make the decision. Failing to ask God for his help is a different way of “Helping God Out “. He is too busy to consider this need–would be the logic. Simply put, STOP IT!!! You seek and ask God, as Elisha did, and allow God to make the decision whether or not to intervene.
God Bless You
Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See, the place where we dwell under your charge is too small for us. 2 Let us go to the Jordan and each of us get there a log, and let us make a place for us to dwell there.” And he answered, “Go.” 3 Then one of them said, “Be pleased to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.” 4 So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. 5 But as one was felling a log, his axe head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Alas, my master! It was borrowed.” 6 Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float. 7 And he said, “Take it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it.