June 26

Written by Bill Grandi on June 28th, 2019

As I mentioned in the last blog I was away for the week. Here are my thoughts for June 26.

My title for this devotion is Wanting more vs Settled for.

It seems to me that too many Christ-followers settle for less than is possible to have. We settle for less than what God is capable of giving and wants to give. This hit me as I read the story of Elisha’s ministry. His ministry actually begins in 2 Kings 2. Here is a recap:

  • Elisha parted the Jordan as Elijah had done.
  • Elisha makes bad water good with salt.
  • Elisha calls out a bear on arrogant youth who call him bald-headed. {Hmmm. Will that work for me?} J
  • Jehoshaphat inquires of Elisha as to what his move ought to be.
  • Elisha tells a widow to fill bowls with oil, sell them, then she and her son were to live off the rest.
  • Elisha is “housed” by a Shunammite woman and her husband. Her wish for a son is granted.
  • The child dies and Elisha raises him from the dead by laying on top of him.
  • Elisha makes poisonous stew edible during a time of famine.
  • Elisha multiplies food for 100 men.

There is more coming! A full day’s work. A full many day’s work. I may be taking this wrong but back in 2 Kings 2:9 Elisha takes Elijah’s mantle and asks for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit to be poured on him.

Elisha was not satisfied with a meager portion. He wanted a double portion. How many times do I settle for less than God’s best? He wants to bless me with more (not material but spiritual) and I settle for second best.

“Father, I can’t help but feel Elisha’s days were filled with acts from You because he asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Help me not to settle for seconds either.”



2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Elisha’s story is so inspiring to me, Bill. He never settles for second best, but keeps on trusting in God to make things really happen in a meaningful way. We can learn so much from him!

  2. floyd says:

    We too often think to little of ourselves and certainly less than the potential our Father sees in us.

    Good reminder.