If Thou See
“And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless , if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it , and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; and he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.” II Kings 2:9-15
Elisha really did ask of Elijah a hard thing because to be the servant of the Lord means to live a blessed life, but to also live a life apart from the world. We won’t always blend in, and we shouldn’t. There will be many times throughout our life that, if we are truly trusting in the Lord, those around us will scoff and ridicule in unbelief. We can immediately see this in the men who met Elisha. The couldn’t believe all of what the prophet was telling them concerning Elijah and they insisted on looking for him themselves, against the advice of Elisha. They brought him to shame until final ye conceded and let them go and look.
The world will not believe the things we share with them about our Lord or about our walk of faith with Him. They won’t believe until they experience it for themselves. So it is (was) with each of us. God calls (called) to us individually and until we answer(ed) the call, we won’t (wouldn’t) believe. It is only after we accept(ed) the Truth ourselves that all things of Christ become (became) acceptable to us.
At any rate, our eyes were opened and we began to see the Lord’s hands in every part of our life. So, too, did Elisha. But Elisha did not see the complete fulfillment of what he asked of Elijah. And in Truth, Elisha asked it of God through Elijah because Elijah himself couldn’t do anything for Elisha. All that Elijah did was in allowing God to operate using his hands and his life. So, that double portion Elisha asked for, which he knew would come to pass because he saw Elijah be taken away… did he see it fulfilled?
Nope. He did not. He told King Joash, after his father’s death, to smite arrows onto the floor, and when Joash only smote three times, the prophet got angry, prophesied that they would not consume Syria, and then died. He did not live to see the fulfillment of that prophecy, just as most prophets did not see all of their prophecies fulfilled, but just after this in the same scripture we see the completion of his double portion fulfilled after his death.
“And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men ; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.” II Kings 13:21
A miracle was performed using the man of God, even after he was dead! This speaks of a very important principle which we all need to take hold of and embrace with our beliefs. Whatever, and however, God chooses to do what only God can do may not always be seen by us. He may be using us in ways we simply do not understand nor may ever know, this side of glory. He is constantly working! All we ever do is live in faith and believe. God uses us for His good pleasure, for that was the purpose for which we were created. Knowing that His greatest pleasure is the salvation of souls, and the resulting relationship with each and every one of us, we need to simply provide for His goo pleasure in trusting Him. He does not have to show us all that he does with us, around us, or through us for us to give our part in this relationship through trust and love.
The two commandments Christ left us with, which are under the New and better Covenant, are to love God and to love others. To love others is to tell them the Truth about God and to give of ourselves for their well being. To love God is to believe in Him, and to honor Him, and to trust Him, even if we never see what all or any of what He is doing.
So, if thou see, with the spiritual eyes I know you have been given, and if thou discern, with your spiritual gifts, that God is truly beyond our complete understanding, then I say to thee, trust in God and keep trusting in Him. As you started to believe, continue to believe. God is faithful. God is good. He will fulfill, even if we don’t see it.