As I was preparing for my message this morning, I was reminded of this story found in 2 Kings 6:1-7.
2 Kings 6
1And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.
2Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.
3And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go.
4So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.
5But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.
6And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.
7Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.
Now, like most of you, I have heard this preached from ALL kinds of angles and emphasis placed on different things in this story, BUT, consider this same event happening a few hundred years later. It might have went more like this.
One day Jesus and His disciples were out walking. They decided to stop at this place and build a meeting house there. The disciples began to chop down some of the many trees there and one of them, the one named Thomas, dropped his axe into the water. He became afraid, for it wasn’t his axe, it was borrowed. Thomas went to Jesus and said, Master, I dropped the axe into the water and it wasn’t even mine.
Jesus looked at all the disciples and said, Oh you of such little faith!! For if you had the faith of the size of a mustard seed, you would call the axe forth!! At that moment Jesus SPOKE to the axe and called it forth. The waters became stirred and the axe floated to the surface. Grab it Thomas, said Jesus, and he did.
It hit me this morning, that here we had all these prophets working with Elisha, YET they didn’t have enough faith on their own to do anything about their trouble. Elisha, being a miracle working prophet, KNEW he could do something.
And he did.
Given the same story from the approach of Jesus and the disciples, Jesus takes the time to show them that THEY too should have enough faith to have spoke to the axe and call it forth.
NOW, I know, many of you arer saying , Come on Jake, that never happened and besides Jesus wouldn’t have spoke to the axe, He would have done something else. OK, you are right, BUT, this is my story.
You see, how mant times have I felt the need to run to a Man of God to ask for help? Oh, don’t get me wrong, that’s what they are there for. BUT, sometimes you just have to ask yourself, Where is YOUR faith?
SOMETIMES, you just have to reach deep down and stir up the Gift of Faith. SOMETIMES, you have to speak to your trouble, whatever you have a need of.
Jesus tells us to do exactly that! Over and over, He tried to tell the disciples, that they too could do these things, if they just would apply their own faith.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that “Without Faith it is impossible to please God”
Last week I spoke from 2 Corinthians 5;
7 For we live by believing and not by seeing. 8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.
Beloved, verse 9 tells us that “our goal is to please Him”.
We MUST begin to exercise our own faith. We must begin to put some feet to the things we have been called to do.
When you have a need, SPEAK to it with the authority that Christ has given you. What is it that is dead for you? Don’t you know, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, now lives inside of you? Call that dead thing forth! Speak words of encouragement over your dead marriage!
Speaks words of faith over your finances, That God is your provider and in Him you Trust!!
Speak words of Healing over your sickness!
You don’t need to have someone else pray for you or lay hands on you! Where is YOUR faith?
Raise up your own “Axehead”!!!!!!