Not Pushed Away

Bible:

When the man of God saw her coming, he said to Gehazi his servant, “Look, there is the Shunammite. Run at once to meet her and say to her, ‘Is all well with you? Is all well with your husband? Is all well with the child?’” And she answered, “All is well.” And when she came to the mountain to the man of God, she caught hold of his feet. And Gehazi came to push her away. But the man of God said, “Leave her alone, for she is in bitter distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me.” II Kings 4:25b-27 ESV

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. Mark 10:13-16 ESV

[Jesus said:] All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out John 6:37 ESV

Reflection:

One day some mothers and fathers brought their children to Jesus so that he could bless and pray for them, and Jesus’ disciples didn’t like this at all. They thought that Jesus was a very important person and that he shouldn’t be bothered by people as unimportant as children. So the disciples tried to stop the parents and send them away before their children got to see Jesus. But Jesus was angry when he saw this happening. He told his disciples to let the children come to him and never to stop them. Then he picked up and held the children and blessed all of them.

Something like that happened to the Shunammite woman when she went to Elisha with her trouble. She couldn’t bring herself to tell his servant Gehazi that her son was dead. It was just too hard to say the terrible words. In fact, she said that all was well. But when she got to Elisha, she fell at his feet and held on to them. Elisha was her last hope, and she was begging for his help. But Gehazi didn’t like the way she was acting. He tried to push her away from Elisha, but Elisha stopped him. He could tell that something bad was troubling this woman, and God hadn’t told him what it was. He wanted to hear and to help.

God will never push us away when we go to him for help. Jesus promises that everyone his Heavenly Father gives to him will come to him, and that he will never turn anyone away. We might be afraid that God will turn us away when we remember our sins, but God sent Jesus to pay for our sins. Because of what Jesus did for us, we are forgiven, and we never have to be afraid to come to God. He is always ready to hear our prayers and to help us in the best way possible.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for always being willing to hear us and to help us, and for never pushing us away. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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