“Confidence in our Surrender”
April 6, 2019
The practice of surrender is one of the most difficult for the believer. It challenges our desire for comfort and it challenges our faith, among other things. It forces us to be honest about the nature of our relationship with God; do we really trust Him with our lives? Do we really believe that all things work together for the good? Elisha was faced with these questions when he was called alongside one of the Bible’s most powerful prophets, Elijah.
Elisha came from a wealthy family. The Bible tells us that he was plowing his father’s field with one of twelve teams of oxen before he was called by God. It’s not clear whether Elisha has siblings, but what he did have was a great inheritance. He was set for life! All he had to do was work for his father and when the time came he would receive a large portion of his father’s property.
The prophet Elijah, led by God, sees Elisha plowing in the field, walks up to him, places his mantle over Elisha’s shoulders and walks away. Elisha immediately recognized that God had called him to serve the prophet:
Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, “First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!” Elijah replied, “Go on back, but think about what I have done to you.” 1 Kings 19:20
“Think about what I have done to do,” the prophet told Elisha. In other words, think about what this requires of you. Think about the magnitude of this calling. Be thoughtful and honest about what this looks like for you. What Elisha does next is beyond powerful:
So Elisha returned to his oxen and slaughtered them. He used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the townspeople, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant. 1 Kings 19:21
Elisha could have easily just said his goodbyes and come back home if he didn’t like how things were going with the prophet Elijah. Yet, instead of being fearful and playing it safe Elisha dove all the way in; he burned his plow and slaughtered his oxen so that he wouldn’t have a way out of whatever God was going to do through him. By doing this Elisha demonstrated what true confidence in surrender looked like; he didn’t know what would happen, but he understood who was in control, and this gave him all the confidence he needed. May we learn from his example today and every day, living in confident surrender concerning the plan of God for us His children. No turning back.
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Hebrews 10:35
Be honest in prayer about the fears and doubts you have about the future.
Ask God to grant you the boldness of Elisha to walk fully into all He has for you.