By Alice Wong
June 23, 2020
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2 Kings 4:18-5:27
“A hole-in-one! I got a hole-in-one!” The likely reaction to this? “Prove it!” Today’s passages depict people who proved it, the “it” being their faith in God. When confronted with challenges, they did not merely offer lip service, they proved their faith by their actions.
In II Kings 4:18-44, when the Shunammite woman’s son died, rather than simply mourning or asking her husband to do something, she took action by hurrying to the prophet Elisha, refusing to leave him until he returned with her. This proved she believed God could use Elisha to resurrect her son.
During the famine in the land, the company of prophets proved they believed Elisha miraculously removed death from the pot when they ate the stew.
Elisha’s servant proved he believed God would feed a hundred people with a sack of fresh grain and twenty loaves of bread with leftovers to spare, when he obeyed Elisha.
II Kings 5 describes Naaman’s initial disbelief but eventual proof of his turnaround when he was healed from leprosy after washing in the Jordan River.
Acts 15:1-35 describes struggles of the early church, concluding that we are saved by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus. Our faith comes by simply believing in Him, and proof of that faith is our changed lives.
In Psalm 141, the psalmist asks God to set a guard over his mouth. This shows that words matter, too. I need to beware of being all talk with no action.
Proof of wickedness in Proverbs 17:23 is the secret taking of bribes to pervert justice.
While I have proof of my hole-in-one, what is infinitely more important is that I show proof of my faith. This has become even more urgent in these past months. Amid so much uncertainty, anxiety and raging emotions, let us rise to the challenge of showing the certainty of our faith by exhibiting his peace, kind deeds and Christ-like actions.
We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.
— Acts 15:11
Prayer to start with: Gracious God, thank you for the undeserved grace you have shown me by lovingly adopting me as your child. Even as you performed miracles and mighty deeds through the prophet Elisha, I humbly ask that you use me mightily to do your good deeds. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight and evident to those around me.