Well after Elisha had first met her, Elisha approached the woman whose son he had saved. God gave Elisha a heads up about an upcoming famine. Elisha encouraged the woman and the family to leave for the time, and she did what Elisha instructed. Seven years later, the family returned. They appealed to get their lands back; since they had abandoned them for the seven years. Normally, it would probably be an appeal that fell on deaf ears. God loved Elisha, however, and the ones he helped. So, on the day of the appeal, Elisha’s servant was in the king’s presence. In the course of their conversation, Gehazi shared the story of the woman and her son. Then, as God would have it–the woman and her son came up to make the appeal. The king was so amazed to meet the woman, that he not ony granted her back her land, but all the income the land produced.
There was no coincidence, God knew the need and the timing. This family was cared for by the same God they honored by caring for His prophet. God continues to care for the ones He loves. That should be a great encouragement for those facing these strange and difficult days. As we know, God knows the plans He has for us. Plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Plans to give us a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11.
We can never underestimate God’s planning or timing. In the characters we have seen, Ruth met Boaz while gleaning for survival, Esther saved Israel as a new queen of a foriegn nation, Elijah ended Baal worship in Israel on the top of a mountain by the call to God. God is always on top of his plan and executing it. What is more, God promised Solomon at the dedication of the temple, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” I Chronicles 7:14. We need to seek God and pray. The Lord has established His trustworthy nature. We know He cares for His own. We simply need to trust that God continues to care for us as He always had.
God Bless You
Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, “Arise, and depart with your household, and sojourn wherever you can, for the Lord has called for a famine, and it will come upon the land for seven years.” 2 So the woman arose and did according to the word of the man of God. She went with her household and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. 3 And at the end of the seven years, when the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, she went to appeal to the king for her house and her land. 4 Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me all the great things that Elisha has done.” 5 And while he was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, here is the woman, and here is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” 6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed an official for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now.”