The Shunammite story is about how God reaches out to people whose hopes are dead. It’s a story of a woman who felt her case was closed and how God reopened her case. It’s a story of how the things you feel you will never have because of the disappointments and delays you have been through are the things God will resurrect!
Through the Shunammite generosity she opened the door to a man who becomes God’s key to open the door of barrenness for her.
When you have waited for a particular thing and nothing seem to change. When you have prayed for it, fasted for it, believed for it, sowed for it, yet nothing changes your hopes gradually dies.
The Shunammite hopes of having a child was dead. Even when Elisha told her she was going to have a child, she told him not to lie to her. She is tired of another prophecy, another prayer, another preacher saying things will change but it never does. She pleads with Elisha not to touch that part of her life:
And Elisha said, At this time in the coming year you will have a son in your arms. And she said, No, my lord, O man of God, do not say what is false to your servant” 2 Kings 4:16
Yet she conceived and had a son at the time Elisha said she would. Her hope was resurrected and given birth to.
But that wasn’t all, the devil the thief of hope creeps in and kills her child. Often what we have waited and hoped for is the same the devil will attempt to steal from us.
The devil doesn’t want you living with your hope.
The boy grew and one day he went out to see his father who was with the harvest workers.
19 He said to his father, “My head! My head!” His father told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.”
20 So he picked him up and took him to his mother. He sat on her lap until noon and then died.”
FIGHT FOR YOUR HOPE!
This time the Shunammite is prepared to fight for her hope. She places the boy on Elisha’s bed. The bed of hope. The bed of generosity. The bed she gave to God’s servant becomes significantly a place of restoration.
As the child laid on the bed of hope, she goes in hot pursuit of Elisha, the man of hope. At this point, the Shunammite have become a woman of hope. In the face of her loss, she declares, “IT IS WELL!””
People of hope see differently, they believe where others fear!
When she got to Elisha, she grabbed a hold of his feet.
” But when she reached the prophet on the mountain, she grabbed hold of his feet. Gehazi came near to push her away, but the prophet said, “Leave her alone, for she is very upset. The LORD has kept the matter hidden from me; he didn’t tell me about it.” vs 27
To lay hold of the knees or feet has always been thought in the East to add force to supplication, and is practiced even at the present day. It also means to hold another responsibility for an action.
Then she tells the prophet: “”My master, I did not ask you for a son’, she said. ‘I said to you, “Do not cause me to hope (for a son).” Vs 28
She holds tenaciously to Elisha, compelling him, obligating him, demanding him to go resurrect her child of hope. She was directly telling him, “I am going no where, I am not following Gehazi your servant. You must go yourself.”
And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her” Vs 30
Like the Shunammite you must hold tenaciously to God. And refuse to let Him go, until He breathes life back to anything dead in your life.