Several Series starts have been made from a single day on November 17, 2013 when the Clark Family came to minister at our church for the day. This is the third one of that day – and there will be a fourth one when it is all said and done. The ladies session on Sunday morning during Sunday School was led by Mrs. Clark, which Mrs. Gwen sent me the following information via e-mail:
We also enjoyed the Clark family. Mrs. Clark spoke to the ladies about the Shunammite woman and her faith (2 Kings 4:18). When her only child died she went to find the prophet. When asked how she and her family were doing, she replied, “It is well.” Her points were:
When facing a crisis
- Run to God. (As the Shunammite woman did)
- Choose to believe that God always does what is best for us.
- Know that because of our trials God will use us to help others.
- Know that God’s grace is sufficient.
- Claim God’s promises.
- Know the difficult situation won’t last forever.
Have a good day!
II Kings 4:16-37 | King James Version
(16) And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. (17) And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life. (18) And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. (19) And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. (20) And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. (21) And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. (22) And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. (23) And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. (24) Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. (25) So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: (26) Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well. (27) And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. (28) Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me? (29) Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. (30) And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her. (31) And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked. (32) And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. (33) He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. (34) And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. (35) Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. (36) And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. (37) Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.
II Kings 4:16-37 | King James Version
With the careful review and researching, the title “When Facing A Crisis” was chosen over “It Is Well” in order to expand the six (6) points into ten (10) with the following keywords:
That being said, the action follows the following pattern:
When Facing A Crisis | Run -or- When Facing A Crisis “then” Run…
The final development was in the following listing of actions.
- Run to God
- Choose to Believe God
- Remember God Knows Our Trials
- Understand God’s Grace is Sufficient
- Claim God’s Promises
- Realize God Is In The Situation
- Believe It Will Not Last Forever
- Pray For God’s Mind
- Look At How This Could Help Others
- Be A Child Of The King In Everything