As soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet! - 2 Kings 13:21
When good people die and are buried, is that the end of them? Not at all. The Bible records that a miracle occurred involving Elisha’s body after his death. Later that spring when a man’s dead body was hastily thrown into Elisha’s tomb, it touched Elisha’s bones and immediately “the dead man revived and jumped to his feet!” (2 Kings 13:21). That was true resurrection power manifesting itself through contact with a holy man’s bones!
When I look at Elisha speaking up for the Lord even on his deathbed and his body showing God’s power even after his death, I am reminded that God’s calling on our lives does not falter at the door of death! Aging is but the birth pang of a new dimension of life and influence that can continue far beyond the grave. Elisha left behind a legacy of words, God’s words. God’s words were recorded for our good. The Bible records Elisha’s teaching, his miracles, and his dealings with both kings and commoners. To leave behind a legacy of words and actions should be the aim of a holy life! We should ask ourselves, “When people think of my life, what will happen? Will they feel the Spirit’s power?”
What legacy will I leave? What evidence will show that I spent my life serving and honoring God? Elisha’s life was stamped by courage and perseverance. Such holy consistency is attainable today by the same Spirit that inspired and sustained Elisha.
For Further Study: 2 Kings 13:14-21
Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
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