ABC Bible Character Faith Series

The Shunammite Woman

Lessons from the Shunammite Woman, written by Pauline.

There was a wealthy woman who lived in a town called Shunem together with her husband. One day Elisha, the prophet, went to this particular town and, being one with a welcoming heart, the wealthy woman invited Elisha to her home for a meal. This happened whenever Elisha was in town until the wealthy woman suggested to her husband that they could build a small room on the roof and furnish it with a bed, table, chair and lamp so that whenever Elisha passed by he would find comfort at their home.

Her action pleased Elisha and one day, as he headed to his room to rest, he said to his servant, Gehazi, to call the Shunammite woman. Elisha asked his servant to ask this woman, “What can we do for you? Can we put in a good word for you to the king or to the commander of the army?” but to her, she was content with what she had. Elisha went ahead to ask Gehazi what they could do for this woman, Gehazi replied, “She doesn’t have a son, and her husband is an old man.” Gehazi called her back and the prophet had to prophesy to the woman,Next year at this time you will be holding a son in your arms!” But she was in doubt and objected to it considering all the surrounding conditions.

The following year about the same time as Elisha had told the woman, she had delivered a baby boy. One day, as her child was older, he went out to help his father who was working out in the field with the harvesters.Suddenly he cried out, “My head hurts! My head hurts!” The father instructed the servants to carry her back to the mother; unfortunately, he passed on at midday. The wealthy woman, in grief, carried her son to Elisha’s room and laid him over the bed and immediately requested the husband for a servant and a donkey to head to Elisha. She was able to convince Elisha to follow her to their home and bring her son back to life which Elisha being a man of God was able to do. (2 Kings 4:8-36)

In life, there is that we desire to have but because at times it takes quite a long time to get, we settle for that which is available. This could have been the wealthy Shunammite woman. It is important to note that whatever starts with God should end with Him. It takes faith to act as the Shunammite woman did. She didn’t even listen to her husband’s questioning of her seeking Elisha. No! She just ran to Elisha because she believed that he was the plan A, B and C. She believed that it just had to work; her son has to get back to life.

Question to ponder: How many times, when we get stuck do we consult God first? How many times, do we inform Him about our heartbreak first? That job interview where we were turned down, the small headache that gives us trouble now, and then yet as a father, He is always available to listen.

In the Old Testament, it was always a certain man of God that people consulted like Elisha but in the New Testament as Jesus was leaving He said He would not leave us comfortless as orphans, He left us the Holy Spirit. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.” – John 14:16-18

Let us be encouraged that the God we believe in is a caring father and if He reaches the extent of writing our personal names in the palms of His hands, He certainly is concerned with every small detail of our lives. In conclusion, let God be a priority in all aspects of our lives. Let’s build our faith in Him. All we have to do is decide to utilise the Holy Spirit as a good friend He is the best backup!

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