May 12 | Daily Devotion

May 12 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a complete reading of the passage

Lectio Semi-continua: a shorter reading of the passage

Lectio Divina

Elisha was an amazing prophet, perhaps the most renowned in Israel’s history. The stories recorded in today’s reading became legends in the annals of the worshipping community: The Widow’s Oil, The Shunamite’s Son, Death in the Pot, The Feeding of a Hundred, and The Healing of Naaman’s Leprosy. Elisha’s exploits are recounted with the flair of a great storyteller, in part because the miracles are both divine and dramatic.

The miracle dramas show readers that God was still at work in amazing ways, even during a dismal period in Israel’s history. Just as the “dark ages” of Christendom gave us some of the world’s most beautiful churches, these “dark ages” of Israel yielded some of the most dramatic miracles. Though Israel’s kings “did evil in the eyes of the Lord” (2 Kings 3:2), there were many faithful worshippers and preachers. And, in return, God was still at work, often in powerful ways. He met the needs of widows, opened the wombs of the childless, raised the dead, fed the hungry, and healed the sick.

What great encouragement for us today! Even when we are living in dark times, God is still powerful and still at work among His people. Even when culture is redefining morality, God is still at work. Even when prominent national leaders hold faithful ministers of the gospel at arm’s length, God is still at work. Even when idolatry is all around us in the form of money, sex, and power, God is still at work. I want Him to be at work in my life and in my community. Let us welcome Him with faith, asking and expecting Him to do the miraculous for our good and His glory. The faithless will miss out; but for those who believe, all things are possible (Mark 9:17-23).

Lectio Divina  is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the Senior Pastor of  Calvary Church  in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of  A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.