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Reading from 2 Kings 4:8-37 NKJV
Sometimes in life, things happen that are both negative and unexpected. In such situations, a normal person response is to become extremely negative about the situation. What the person does not realise is that the more they talk about their current situation in negative terms, the more the negative situation expands and manifest.
In this article, I will be discussing a woman in the Bible who had every reason to be negative when she suddenly experienced something heartbreaking in the form of the death of her son. This woman is referred to as the Shunammite woman in the bible.
Giving Without Expectation
The Shunammite woman was a good woman. Out of her kindness, she offered a room in her home to the prophet, Elisha to stay in whenever he is on his journeys. Due to her generosity, the prophet Elisha wanted to help her with things like talking to King or the Captain of the Army on her behalf. But like a genuine giver, she wanted nothing in return.
Even though the Shunammite woman was without a child, she never offered a gift or hospitality to Prophet Elisha, as a means of asking for child conception prayer from the prophet. All her kindness were done without any expectation of getting anything back. She offered Prophet Elisha food, water and accommodation because she felt it was the right thing to do for someone in need of such things.
Even when the prophet was moved and touched by her generosity and wanted to show his appreciation by asking if she needs him to put in a word to the King or the Captain of the Army on her behalf, she still didn’t take up the offer.
You have to understand that Shunammite woman knew that Elisha was one of the few prophets or men of God in the land that could actually speak a word and it will come to past. She still didn’t engage her instinctive personal interest mind-frame, by reasoning in the line of “Am helping him out with food, water and shelter for free. I will ask him to pray for me to conceive a child.” She gave without expecting anything in return from Prophet Elisha.
The only person who made Elisha aware that the Shunammite woman was childless was his servant, Gehazi. Once Elisha was made aware of her childless situation, he (Elisha) said in verse 15 of 2 Kings 4, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.”
Verse 17 of 2 Kings 4 stated: “But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.“
The words of true men and women of God are spirit and life. Once uttered, they cannot return void. They must accomplish that which they have been sent forth for.
Whatever it is that you desire the most, your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. Matthew 6:32 NKJV. If you do good without expecting anything back in return, your heart desires will be met. You shall have whatsoever you most desire. This is giving without expectation. It works wonders in eyes of the Universal Mind. It is one of the fastest and surest routes to get your prayers answered.
Say It And See It Manifest
Logic is a great tool for seeing things for what they really are. It deducts superstitions and emotions which are both known to cloud good and sound judgement. So it helps you make good decisions. But with all the great attributes of logic comes its ability to restrict an individual to fixed facts. When an individual tries to break free from his or her current reality. Logic will say to him or her, face facts. With this simple statement of “face facts”, an individual limits his greatest tool for creation, his imagination. Logic restricts and to a large extent hinders one’s imagination or ability to imagine.
If you cannot imagine, you cannot experience “miracles”. If you cannot imagine, you cannot see possibilities beyond the realm of your 3D world. If you cannot imagine, your life is limited, predictable, restricted, boring, fixed and pale. These are some of the negative consequences of being logical no one tells you about. To be logical is to be realistic and being realistic is the surest route to a life of average and mediocrity.
The Shunammite woman was a woman of good heart and kind spirit. She was a woman who gave and expected nothing in return. Even though she wanted to have a child of own, she never disturbed anyone about it. She faced her life troubles on her own. Eventually, she conceived and bear a son. Like every normal human being who has wanted something for so long and then finally gets that thing which he or she desires greatly – she loved her son deeply. This was her only child. This was her reward from the Universal Mind for all her charitable work.
But life is the constant tester and teacher. Always testing and teaching us lessons about life and personal growth. No one can ever graduate from the school of life. That’s what we are all here for. This was the case for the Shunammite woman. Life came to test and teach her a lesson by taking away her beloved son from her.
The Shunammite woman son died on her lap. This is the saddest thing for any mother. And she simply refuses to accept it. She refused to be logical or face facts. When the son of the Shunammite woman died, logic and fact were her enemies. Logic dictates that when someone dies the next thing is to bury the person. Fact dictates that when someone dies, that’s the end of that person. But for what the Shunammite woman want at that moment in her life, logic and fact are her enemies.
She wanted a miracle. Not just any type of miracle but the miracle of resurrection. This is the biggest type of miracle. The miracle of restoring life to a dead body is the biggest kind of miracle because of what it requires spiritually.
For the Shunammite woman to attain the miracle of resurrection on behalf of her dead son, she did the following:
- She refused to accept facts or face reality. Her son is dead but she is not accepting that or agreeing with it.
- She spoke in faith and belief of what will happen. Whenever she was asked if everything was OK, she simply answered: “It is well.“
- She took quick action by travelling to prophet Elisha as fast as possible.
- She made her desire known to prophet Elisha immediately she saw him.
- She held God to account through Elisha when she said “Did I ask a son of my lord? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me’?” See 2 Kings 4:16 & 28. She never asked God for a child even though she desired it. And when she was told she will conceive a son, she said: “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!”
When you look at the sequence of events here, you can see a pattern. The most important thing you must take away from it is that the words of the Shunammite woman preceded everything else she did.
From the very beginning when it was clear that her child had died, she made the conscious decision to reverse it through her words, first. Words are a person most powerful weapon. Whatever you say to yourself, your actions follows even if you were reluctant initially.
Say the words continuously and constantly and it shall manifest even if it seems impossible at first. From the moment the child died until he was brought back to life, the Shunammite woman always said: “it is well“. Her words have to be confirmed by the forces of the Universe. The formula for manifestation dictates that whatever you say and believed in, must manifest in your life. This is the law of the Universe.
There are times in life when facing facts is your number one enemy. What you must ask yourself is this, who does “facing facts” in any given situation benefit? Whatever doesn’t benefit you, hinders you. Nothing in your reality is neutral. It is either they are adding to you or taking away from you.
When the son of the Shunammite woman died on her lap, she was faced with two options. Accept her fate or change her reality to what she wants it to be. She chose to change her reality to what she wanted it to be. She chose to have a future that makes her happen and for her, the future can only be good if her son is alive and healthy.
When the Shunammite woman chose to fight for a better future by doing everything within her power to restore her dead son back to life, she knew the battle must be first won within herself. After she won the battle within, the world “without” was powerless to stop her. After all, the world which we see, feel and touch is the world of effect, the cause of that effect is in the world within.
Be like the Shunammite woman in everything you do. Give without expecting anything back in return and when things happen to you which you do not agree with, simply refuse to accept it.
You have the power to change anything in your life. But for that change to happen, you must first win the war within yourself. You must first believe inwardly that your new reality has already manifested. After this follow it up with your words, thoughts and actions.
The Shunammite woman said it is well and she took action to this effect. A lot of people say the words but are too lazy to follow it up with firm and decisive action. Always follow up your words with action. This is the shortest route to manifesting whatever you desire or changing your current reality to whatever you desire it to be.
Today is 08 March 2018, which coincidentally is International Women’s Day. In the sphere of Laws of Attraction, we normally say that nothing is coincident. When I started writing this article I didn’t know that I will be finishing it on International Women’s Day neither did I know that 08 March 2018 is Internation Women’s Day until today. So, as a spiritual person, I would say that the Universe is trying to say, humanity as a whole need to be more like the Shunammite woman.
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