One day Elisha went on to Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to eat some food. So whenever he passed that way, he would turn in there to eat food. And she said to her husband, “Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God who is continually passing our way. Let us make a small room on the roof with walls and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there.”
One day he came there, and he turned into the chamber and rested there. And he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite.” When he had called her, she stood before him. And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘See, you have taken all this trouble for us; what is to be done for you? Would you have a word spoken on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’” She answered, “I dwell among my own people.” And he said, “What then is to be done for her?” Gehazi answered, “Well, she has no son, and her husband is old.” He said, “Call her.” And when he had called her, she stood in the doorway. And he said, “At this season, about this time next year, you shall embrace a son.” And she said, “No, my lord, O man of God; do not lie to your servant.” But the woman conceived, and she bore a son about that time the following spring, as Elisha had said to her. II Kings 4:8-17 ESV
The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:14-19 ESV
Once there were three brothers, and the youngest brother was called Dummling, because his brothers and everyone else thought he was stupid and good for nothing. One day Dummling went out to cut wood, and a little man met him and said he was hungry and thirsty. Dummling was glad to share his lunch with the man, and they sat down and ate together. After they had eaten the little man told Dummling to chop down an old tree that was standing nearby, and to take what he would find at the roots of the tree. Dummling did that, and at the roots he found a golden goose. This goose was his reward for his kindness to the little man.
The Shunammite woman was also a kind person who wanted to share what she had with Elisha, because she knew he was a man of God. She gave him a meal any time he passed her way, and after awhile she fixed up a room for him to stay in any time he came by. It had a bed and a chair and a table and a lamp, so that he could be comfortable and rest or write and study. Elisha was very happy with this woman’s kindness, and he wanted to reward her. He asked her if he could put a good word in for her with a king or the captain of an army, but she didn’t need anything like that. Then his servant told him what she wanted most of all–a son. Elisha promised her that she would soon have a son, and for her this message seemed too good to be true.
We also have a message that seems too good to be true, and that is the message of God’s kindness to us. He loves us and has made us his children, even though we don’t deserve it. We haven’t done anything to make God love us or owe us a reward. In fact, we’ve rebelled against God and gone our own way, and that’s what makes his kindness to us so amazing. He sent his own Son to be our Savior, and Jesus died for us to bring us into God’s family. This is the greatest kindness and the most amazing love there ever could be. Even though it seems too good to be true, we can be sure that it is. God’s love is for real and forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing kindness to us, more than we could ever earn or expect. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.