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Thursday, August 3, 2017

It’s always better when we’re home. (Part 1)

When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were traveling from Gilgal. And Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here, for the LORD has told me to go to Bethel." But Elisha replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you!" So they went down together to Bethel. (2 Kings 2:1-2 NLT)

Elijah had an exciting life.  He announced a three-year drought and then, at the instructions of the LORD, confronted 450 false prophets of Baal.  He went up against the king of Israel (and the king’s Baal-worshipping wife, Jezebel), resulting in a price on his head.  He worshipped God on the mountain of the LORD and heard God’s whisper reassuring him in his ministry.  Elijah walked with the LORD so well, that he would appear many years later with Moses and Jesus at the transfiguration.  Elijah had an exciting life.

The group of prophets from Bethel came to Elisha and asked him, "Did you know that the LORD is going to take your master away from you today?" "Of course I know," Elisha answered. "But be quiet about it." Then Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here, for the LORD has told me to go to Jericho." But Elisha replied again, "As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you." So they went on together to Jericho. (2 Kings 2:3-4 NLT)

Elisha is a prophet we have not seen yet, but we will be seeing at work soon.  He is a protégé of Elijah’s.  He is learning how to be a man of God and a prophet of the LORD from one of the best who had ever walked the face of this earth.  Elijah offers for Elisha to stay behind, but Elisha refuses to leave.  That’s because to Elisha, Elijah is “home.”

Then the group of prophets from Jericho came to Elisha and asked him, "Did you know that the LORD is going to take your master away from you today?" "Of course I know," Elisha answered. "But be quiet about it." Then Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here, for the LORD has told me to go to the Jordan River." But again Elisha replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you." So they went on together. (2 Kings 2:5-6 NLT)

“Home” is not just a physical location.  It is a sense of comfort…of peace.  People can give us that sense of home, especially when they are walking together with God.  Elijah, better than any other in his day, walked with the LORD.  This made life better for Elisha when Elijah was around.  He was “home.”

How about you?  Do you know people who walk together with God?  Do you experience a Garden Walk (walk together with God) easier when you are around those people?  Does it help you feel more at home?