A Notable Woman, or Man
“Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman.” 2Ki 4:8 NKJV
The Bible says: “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…‘Let us make him a small upper room…and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand’” (vv. 8-10 NKJV). Observe:
(1) Whatever you need more of, make room for it. You don’t get what you “want” in life, you get what you “prepare for.” This woman’s generosity toward Elisha resulted in her having a child when she wasn’t able to, and her child later being raised from the dead when sickness claimed him. When you make room for God in your life, you make room for the blessings that come with Him. (2) Notice the four things she put in the prophet’s room: (a) A bed. There are times when you must run, and there are times when you must rest. Indeed, if you don’t learn to slow down, you’ll break down. (b) A table. You need spiritual food to nourish your soul. If you plan to keep giving out, you must keep taking in. (c) A chair. This speaks of study. “Study to [show] thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2Ti 2:15). (d) A lamp. A place of illumination. Even after you’ve studied long and hard, you need the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to your heart. And that’s how to become a notable woman (or man).