Because you invited Me
Did you ask God for something? Did God say yes? Did you ask Him to come along the journey with you on your request? What's that four, now five questions? Ha! Ha! Ha! Let me get to the point, fam! In the biblical story of the floating ax miracle, I saw something I had not seen before, something I had never heard preached before, and I wanted to share it with you. Read the story found in 2 Kings 6: 1-6. It's not long, friends.
"One day the group of prophets came to Elisha and told him, "As you can see, this place where we meet with you is too small. 2 Let's go down to the Jordan River, where there are plenty of logs. There we can build a new place for us to meet." "All right," he told them, "go ahead." 3. "Please come with us," someone suggested. "I will," he said. 4 So he went with them. When they arrived at the Jordan, they began cutting down trees. 5 But as one of them was cutting a tree, his ax head fell into the river. "Oh, sir!" he cried. "It was a borrowed ax!" 6 "Where did it fall?" the man of God asked. When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water at that spot. Then the ax head floated to the surface. 7 "Grab it," Elisha said. And the man reached out and grabbed it."
It hit me like a ton of bricks when I read this story. There was a group of prophets on a mission to make their meeting place more comfortable. They asked permission (I love this, we will talk about this in a different post), and they were given permission to build a new place; here's what I saw. One person suggested the prophet go with them on this journey; was this the same one person who lost the ax head? Because one invited the prophet, one was given a miracle immediately. Let's get practical! How many times do you ask God for something? God says yes, go for it, then you invite Him along, and when you run into a snag, He is right there to fix the issue or give you insight and wisdom on the particular problem. Wow, right! Now let's look at the opposite, same scenario. This time, you did not invite Him in, something happens, and God may or may not answer the prayer you utter. What's the difference, fam?
I have experienced both sides, and I am on the side of inviting God into every aspect of my life even when He has already given me permission. Trust me, be that one that says, "God, I know I have your grace to do what I asked, but I still need You by my side every step of the way." Because you invited Him in!
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your word, the woman, the man, and the child; reading this, I pray they invite you into their heart at this very moment. I pray you to transform and continue transforming their mind, heart, and soul with the daily bathing of your word. God, speak to them in a clear way they understand it's no one but You speaking and confirming their request. Father, I further pray they will always keep you first on the journey of this thing we call life. In the precious name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Amen!
Living in, on, and for purpose!