How Responsible Would You Make Yourself For Another’s Life

 2 King 4:38  And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets.

39  And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not.

40  So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.

41  But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot.

There was a famine in the land of Israel.

Food was so scarce that there was not even enough to make a stew for the school of the prophets.

One of Elisha’s disciples went out and fetched wild vegetables.

Unknowingly one of these plants was extremely poisonous.

When it was time for the prophets to eat, they realized  the toxicity of the stew.

Elisha heard the Holy Spirit, tell the prophets to throw flour into the soup and then eat it.

By that act of faith, coupled with the Word of the Lord through Elisha, the stew became edible.

I have struggled with this story!

Would I have the faith to hold myself responsible for the lives of a number of people solely on what I believed I heard from the Holy Spirit?

What if I heard wrong? What if my discernment was off and many died?

Lives tragically cut off at their prime.

Wives suddenly bereft of husbands and children of their dads.

How could I live with my conscience?

How could I look into these people’s faces?

Yet Elisha had learned the invaluable lesson of having a sharp awareness and full confidence in the voice of the Lord within him.

The growth of the voice of the Lord in us has no shortcuts.

It takes uncompromising obedience which forces us to step out in faith time and time again until we learn to recognize and live solely by that voice.

It also takes the working of God’s holiness within us, which is birthed out of a very intimate relationship with Him.

Without purity of heart we will not see the Lord Jesus living inside of us.

Purity is the result of much prayer and a deep knowledge of the Word of God.

The Lord wants each of us to learn to operate solely by His voice just like Elisha did.

The greatness of the man or woman of God is found in how far they restrict their lives solely to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Could you do what Elisha did?

Could I?

I don’t know.

Yet Elisha was a man just like you and me.

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