ASSUMPTIVE CONFIDENCE—THE SHUNAMMITE WOMAN

Throughout the Bible we read of many people who exhibited what I refer to as “assumptive confidence.”   Based on those stories I think a good definition of assumptive confidence is being so confident and positive that God is answering your prayers and that you are receiving what you are asking for that you just automatically assume it is happening—no reservations—no wondering—no fleeting thoughts of doubt.  Just sheer confidence.  If waiting is a part of God’s plan you do so without stress and during this period your faith continues to grow.  Knowing what it means is the easy part.  The hard part is the follow through. 

Here is a relatable example of what I am speaking of.  When my grandson Malcolm was a young boy I would pick him up from school one day each week.  Of course as little boys always are, he would be starved when we got home.   But he never once asked, “Grandma are you going to make me a lunch?”  In fact he would go to the drawer where the place mats were kept, pull one out and place it on the coffee table in front of the couch.  And then sit there quietly watching TV.  He never came out into the kitchen to check on me to be sure lunch was on its way.  He just sat expectantly on the couch waiting.  He knew no matter how slowly I was moving that lunch was on its way.  That is assumptive confidence.

Today’s blog is based on 2 Kings 4:18-37 18 “When the child had grown, he went out one day to his father among the reapers. 19 And he said to his father, “Oh, my head, my head!” The father said to his servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 20…the child sat on her lap till noon, and then he died. 21 And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God and shut the door behind him and went out. 22 Then she called to her husband and said, “Send me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, that I may quickly go to the man of God and come back again.” 23 And he said, “Why will you go to him today?  …She said, “All is well.” 25 So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel.” (ESV)

(I have only included a small portion of today’s text but if you get time you might want to read the entire passage I referenced.) 

To give some background—Elisha was one of several very prominent Old Testament prophets.  These were men that God spoke through to help lead and direct His people.  Well he had made some good buddies in a town which he frequented called Shunem.  And the Bible tells us they were well to do.  Even better buddies—LOL.  This man and his wife were righteous and apparently sociable and whenever Elisha came to town they invited him for dinner.  But it gets better.  The wife decided they should add an extra bedroom on to their home so that when Elisha visited their area he would have a place to stay.  And that is exactly what they did.  

We pick up the story after the couple had a son and he had gotten old enough to go into the field with his daddy.  But he became ill so a servant took him to his momma.  As any loving mother would do she cradled him in her lap but it turns out he was in need of a lot more than comforting—he died.  

Now let me ask you something.  What would the normal reaction of any parent be if a child suddenly died while sitting in their lap?  Hysteria—panic—a loud emotional outburst—uncontrolled wailing?  But we do not read of this mother having any of what would be such natural responses.  She calmly gets up out of her chair, carries her son to Elisha’s room, and lays him on the bed.  Then she tells her husband she needs to “quickly go to the man of God” who was Elisha.  She says nothing about the boy dying even when her husband asks why she needs to go get Elisha.  Her response is simply, “All is well.”  That is it—all is well.  Oh my gosh.  

What could possibly elicit this kind of calm poise in the midst of such an emotive storm?  Dear reader it can only be assumptive confidence brought about by such strenuous faith that eradicates all misgivings.  It came because of complete belief that Elisha through God’s power would—not could—but would bring her precious son back to life.  I am also struck with her desire to not unnecessarily burden her husband with fretting over the situation which gives us a bit of insight into the selflessness of this woman.  It is as if we can read her thoughts—“there is no point in upsetting him because Elisha and God are in charge here taking care of everything—there is no need to worry.  It will soon all be over.”  Just like that.  WOW!!!  Can our faith and trust in and reliance on our God learn a lesson from this Shunammite woman or what????

We learn from verses 32-35 that the Shunammite woman’s assumptive  confidence and expectation were rewarded.  Elisha, who also exhibited unusual faith and trust in God’s miracle working abilities, was able to raise her son from the dead.  And presented a child that was complete and whole in every way to his very thankful mother.

I am closing with the following Scripture.  Own these words.  HEBREWS 4:16–“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace–the throne of God’s unmerited favor that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in good time for every needappropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it.”

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