Thursday, May 20
If you read my last post, you read about Eliashib building a comfy spot for the enemy Tobiah during the time of Nehemiah.
When circumstances crash against the walls of our lives and attempt to tear them down, we either give up and allow everything to crash around us, allowing the enemy to weasel his way in, or we shore up those walls with strength and faith.
Rather than build a comfy place for the enemy, we need to build a holy place for the Man of God as did the Shunammite woman and her husband did for Elisha in 2 Kings 4.
“Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. And she said to her husband, ‘Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.’” (2 Kings 4:8-10 NKJV)
Scripture says she was a “great” woman, which could either mean great in any sense, as one of great means, distinguished, or importance. She so desired Elisha’s company and his return visits as a guest that she made accommodations for him at the top, in an upper chamber or upper room.
According to definitions, there was a bed, a table (as that used for a king’s table for private or sacred use and, by implication, means meal), a chair (covered as a canopied throne, as a seat of honor, royal dignity, authority, and power), and a lampstand, which was a menorah.
Everything was made comfortable, furnished to make the man of God feel welcomed and at home. All suitable for divine use.
When Elisha asked what he could do for her, she did not wish anything in return from the man of God. He insisted on blessing her, but she would not receive. She had built a dwelling place for the man of God and having him in her house was blessing enough.
The story goes on but we’ll stop here.
At the wife’s suggestion, Mr. and Mrs. Citizen of Shunem built a room at the top of their house, preparing a place for the man of God, making room for his presence. Through her efforts, God would meet her needs.
Have you prepared your heart as a holy place, as that room at the top for the Man of God, Jesus? Have you adorned it with all that makes it a fit place for the King of Kings to dwell, making Him feel welcomed, comfortable, at home?
Your heart is His home. Adorn it beautifully for Him.