It Is Well [Part 1]
2 Kings 4:25-27 “When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, ‘Look! There’s the Shunammite! Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’ ‘Everything is all right,’ she said.” NIV
The story of the Shunammite woman is a beautiful story of faith in God and the faithfulness of God. The Shunammite woman had a great heart for God. When she met Elisha she immediately decided to build him a room in her home so that he would always have a place to stay during his visits. When Elisha heard that she was childless, he asked the Lord to bless her with a son. And He did. Sometime later, however, the boy died. How her heart must have grieved; she had longed for a son for so many years and now the boy was dead.
But despite her immense sorrow, she did not lose faith. Amazingly, she declared to her husband, “Everything is all right” [the King James version uses the words, “It is well”]. And then in faith, she ran as fast as she could to the man of God. And again, when she was asked whether everything was well, she declared, “Everything is all right.” The story ends with Elisha raising up her son to life by the power of God. And everything was well with her even as she had believed and confessed.
There is a constant message from God to us in the Bible: He says if we trust Him, if we walk in faith, He will never let us down. He will be our shield, our very present help in times of trouble. He will comfort us and lift us up. He says to us that if we depend upon Him and trust Him, we will be able to declare, irrespective of what we are going through, that “it is well!” I tell you, God wants us to stand in that place of faith and trust in Him where we can say, “It is well,” no matter what we are going through and then see the reality of it.
I know that there are times when the situations we face seem so overwhelming, so impossible to resolve. Even now as I write this, I know there are many who are believing God to touch a family member who is not living right or who is in some kind of trouble. I know there are those who are grieving and hurting. I know there are those with great financial needs or a need for healing or for deliverance from addiction or some bondage.
Let us take courage and trust Jesus that it will be well, that somehow He will come through with that miracle we need. I have seen Jesus raise up my nephew from his deathbed and I can tell you that the God of Elisha still moves mountains, still lifts burdens, still answers prayer. And because He lives, we can surely say, in the midst of whatever situation we are in: “IT IS WELL! BY GOD’S GRACE, IT IS WELL!”