Women of the Bible

A Great Woman From Shunem — Pt. 2

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.

    Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.” And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. 2 Kings 4.8-11


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.

    But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11.6

He will come to us.

    And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him. 2 Kings 4.11, 12

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!


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  1. Thanks so much for the study Darlene. It is very timely in light of Sunday’s message by Rick Paladin. We must ready ourselves to hear, believe, and obey. I believe your words “sacrifice accompanying growth in God” is prophetic to the church in this season. Great stuff! :)

    Posted by Sarah Diederich | November 23, 2009, 5:51 pm
  2. ÔÇťAbide in me and I will abide in you.” This verse is very clear that if we abide him and his word then he will abide in us, instantly. It doesn’t say that we have to wait for him, no, it says he’s here!! The Holy Spirit lives inside us, right? So, if he’s inside us why would we wait for him to call us and come to him? If we are saved we have him abiding in us. His call came when we were unsaved and then responded to the gospel. After that the Holy Spirit indwells believers and lives through us. “It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me.” Gal 2:20 There is no longer any need to wait if he lives in us and we are saved! What would we be waiting for?
    “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.”

    If we desire Him and want to know Him we get saved. From there if we desire Him and want to know Him we read the word and do what it says and submit in obedience to His word. There is no need to wait for Him to make himself known. He has already made himself known through his Son and His word. The thing is that everything God wants us to know is in the Bible and can be found no where else. We don’t live in old testament times where we have to wait for the Lord like the Shunem woman. The excitement and message of the New Testament is, “The wait is over!!” The Lord has come and indwells all his disciples!

    Posted by MrsRYoung | January 2, 2010, 7:44 am
  3. I agree with everything Randi has said, and I was wondering about something else. I guess I do not understand how an interpretation of this story can be waiting for God, when the woman was clearly waiting for a MAN of God to dwell in her house, not for God Himself. And when Elisha calls her and she stands before him, she is not being called by God Himself and is not standing before God Himself…only a man.

    Posted by Janet Young | January 2, 2010, 7:16 pm