KEY TEXT: 2 Kings 4:43-44 But his servant said, "How can I set this before a hundred men?" So he repeated, "Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, 'They shall eat and have some left.'" So he set it before them. And they ate and had some left, according to the word of the Lord.
KEY THOT: God is interested in all aspects of our lives, not just the “spiritual” dimension. In this case, he fed 100 men with only 20 loaves of bread and some ears of grains through Elisha’s instruction to his servant.
Elisha was not a miracle-worker: he was just someone who heard God clearly and acted on it. In this case, he heard the word of the Lord to him, “They shall eat and have some left.” So he acted on it by faith, for “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom 10:17). To strengthen our faith in God, we need to know both God’s past word as given in the Scriptures and also His present word given through His Spirit. In the Scriptures God spoke but through His Spirit he now speaks, translating the past promises into present applications. Learning to “hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29, etc) is the key to releasing God's presence and power to act on our behalf.
Whatever situation we may presently be in—whether work, ministry or play—we need to learn to stay “online” with God through His Spirit, what is known as the "practice of the presence of God." Only those who stay consciously in God’s presence will hear what His Spirit is saying and can therefore act accordingly and see God’s working on our behalf. The more we cultivate a keen spiritual ear to “hear what the Spirit SAYS to the churches”, the more we will witness God’s presence and power active in our church.
I am still an L-plate learner when it comes to hearing the voice of God through the Spirit. While I may be thoroughly familiar with what Scripture has said in the past to His people Israel, I may still miss out on what the Spirit is saying to His church in the present. The more I can hear his voice, the more I can experience God's leadership and blessing in my work, ministry and play.
Father, I thank You that You are interested in all aspects of our lives, whether it be in the workplace, the church or at play. Help me cultivate an ear that is sensitive to what the Spirit is saying, not only what the Scripture has said, that I might hear and obey. Amen.