Are You Desperate?
By Eryka T. Johnson
But when she came to the man of God at the mountain, she fell to the ground before him and caught hold of his feet. Gehazi began to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone. She is deeply troubled, but the LORD has not told me what it is.” Then she said, “Did I ask you for a son, my lord? And didn’t I say, ‘Don’t deceive me and get my hopes up’?” Then Elisha said to Gehazi, “Get ready to travel; take my staff and go! Don’t talk to anyone along the way. Go quickly and lay the staff on the child’s face.” But the boy’s mother said, “As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I won’t go home unless you go with me.” So Elisha returned with her. (2 Kings 4:27-30)
What do you do when you are in desperate need of something from the Lord? Often times, your level of seeking out of desperation is directly related to how much God’s hand will move in your situation. Do you sit passively hoping and praying for a miracle to take place or do you pursue the miracle and command a blessing?
Do you recall the Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4 that prepared a chamber room for the prophet Elisha? Out of gratitude, the prophet spoke that she would conceive and give birth to a son and she did. But, he later fell ill and died. According to 2 Kings 4:27-30, the Shunammite woman, in desperation, hunted down the prophet and demanded that he would command life back into the body of her son. She had just that much faith and boldness. Well, we all know that a resurrection took place in the chamber and all was well with her son.
We have to condition ourselves to not miss opportunities to allow God to work in our lives particularly when there is an urgent need. Invite Him in and be obedient to whatever He directs you to do. I have faced several desperate encounters in my life. Each one was different. But, they all required action on my part whether it was standing in miracle-working faith, fasting and praying, or something of the like. When we seek hard enough, we will find God’s answer in the midst. So I ask, are you desperate? If so, submit yourself to the Source because He will always provide.
Eryka T. Johnson