In all our lives there will be dry times — seasons of waiting for His presence to be made manifest. We seek Him, preparing a place and time to hear from Him. We watch diligently for Him. But sometimes a sense of His presence eludes us. Do we remain faithful, trusting, believing, prepared and eager for His word, for His voice? We must. We must remain watchful and ready or we won’t hear Him. Special words, instructions, promises, and encouragements will come if our ears are attuned to hear. Remain watchful. The great woman from Shunem did.
She desired his presence. She created a place for him. She watched and waited. And he came!!
We desire the Lord. We want to know Him. So we make a place. We watch and wait. And He makes Himself known to us.
Jesus himself said, “Abide in me and I will abide in you. You are my friends; no longer do I call you servants.” He will reward us with His presence and friendship.
He will come to us.
The man of God called for the Shunammite woman. She came, without hesitation.
When the Spirit calls do we come? How often do I ask for something from God, such as more opportunity to be hospitable, or a greater level of knowing Him, or the ability to minister healing, or more of His presence in my life — but when it comes, is it ever convenient and easy? Hardly ever. There usually seems to be sacrifice accompanying growth in God.
Here we are. Jesus has now made us friends of God. As friends who long to know the Lord, we must be ready to hear and listen at any time.
“When he called her, she stood before him.” This is a waiting, receptive position. Like this great woman of Shunem, we must learn to quiet our heart. Stop saying what we think and just listen.
We’ve gained much understanding thus far from this great woman of the Bible. We’ve discovered the need to create a place for God in our lives. We know to watch patiently for His presence, waiting for Him. Now — when He comes, let’s be ready to hear and receive. Let’s learn from this great woman of Shunem!