"WHERE DID IT FALL?"
�The man of God asked, �Where did it fall?� When he showed him the place,
Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float� (2 Kings
�The company of the prophets� (or theological students of Elisha) faced a
problem of lack of space for their training, so they tried to find a way of
solving the problem. They suggested that they should relocate to Jordan
where they would have a lot of space. They thought they could solve the
problem on their own. We should not be surprised when Elisha gave them up
to their arrogance. However, one of the students realized their folly and
humbly invited their master to follow them. Surprisingly, Elisha agreed to
The students with their master went near River Jordan to prepare another
place for themselves. As they were working, the axe head of one of the
students fell into the river. He could use the opportunity to rest or
pretend as if nothing had happened, but he cried out for help instantly.
Elisha asked the most important question from the embattled student, �Where
did it fall?� He did not ask him how it fell or the cause of the problem.
He asked him about the exact place where the axe head was. God is not
interested in the trivial detail of your problem. His interest is in the
problem and how it will be solved.
The blind Bartimaeus was crying for help to Jesus, but Jesus seemed to be
telling him, �Man, be specific. Do not bother me with the detail of your
problem. What exactly do you want me to do for you?� (Mark 10:51). As if he
also got the message, he declared, �Rabbi, I want to see.� When you are in
any problem, instead of grumbling, specifically make your request known
unto God, and a miracle is waiting at your doorstep. Hannah was childless,
she went to God and specifically told Him about her predicament, and she
was blessed with Samuel (1 Samuel 1:9-20). Jabez cried out to God for a
particular problem in his life, and He bailed him out of the big mess (1
The Bible says, �Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by
prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God�
(Philippians 4:6), and �cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for
you� (1 Peter 5:7).
Do you involve God in your day-to-day activities, or you are thinking that
you can do without Him? Are you using your problems as an excuse not to
serve God? Who do you turn to when you are in trouble? Only God can help
you. Call upon Him; He is ready to help you. However, you have to be
SPECIFIC. Tell Him exactly what you want, and He will surprise you.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
This message was first sent out on September 15, 2003.
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