2 Kings 6:5 As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water. "Oh, my lord," he cried out, "it was borrowed!" The man of God asked, "Where did it fall?" When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. "Lift it out," he said.
The motivation behind this story is in verse 1: “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small…”.
God’s goal for your life is enlargement.
To fulfill His purposes we must be enlarged in all areas of life. The motivation to become bigger people comes from God. We shouldn’t try to suppress this desire – it’s a part of becoming more like God. Genesis 1:28, God blessed Adam saying “have dominion and rule over the entire world”. To suppress the desire to grow and rule is to go directly against the purposes of God.
The young prophets in this story in 2 Kings 6 wanted to build a bigger place for the Lord, so they went down to the Jordan river where there were plenty of trees to use to build God’s House. But then it reveals that one of the young prophets lost his ax head. And he cries out to Elisha, “it was borrowed”.
The first message that comes to my mind here is“Stewardship”.
Everything in your life is borrowed. It has been given to you by the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:17,18:2, 2 Corinthians 9:10) and you will one day have to give God an account of everything you have received and what you did with it. (Parable of the Talents - Matthew 25:15-28).
But a second, powerful message about this story is God the Redeemer.
Like the young prophet who lost his ax head, we too can lose things – whether it’s because we didn’t use something we were given or whether we incurred losses on a transaction or relationship. But this story reveals that God is a Redeeming God. He can recover everything in your life that has been lost.
- You might have lost a marriage; a career; your relationship with your children; a ministry role.
Look at what God tells the prophet to do in order to recover that which has been lost…
Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float.
The stick here is a picture of the Cross. And the Cross is an eternal reminder of the redeeming power of God. On that wooden cross, Jesus redeemed humanity from what was lost – his relationship with God.
What do you need "recovering" in your life? It might be financial losses; lost opportunities; lost time with your kids; the inability to have a child… whatever “it” is, God can restore and recover all. He can give you new opportunities; reconcile relationships; give you a miracle child. But it comes back to the attitude of your heart and mind – you just need to “Believe”.
Whatever it is, take it and place it at the Cross. Thank Jesus every day for His finished work on the Cross and in the perfect timing of God, you will witness the redeeming power of God bringing restoration into every area of your life.