The following are a few lessons from the Shunammite woman:
- He that gives to a prophet receives a prophet’s reward (Matthew 10:41) – this woman, of her own volition, chose to create room in her house for the prophetic to dwell. That room created an opportunity for her to receive divine help in an area she was naturally handicapped in.
As mothers, we shouldn’t shy away from hospitality or giving. We shouldn’t use our intuition or discernment to sniff out cheating husbands or gossip around the neighborhood. We must allow God to use that gift to house people and things that will propel our family forward. A son meant the continuation of the woman’s lineage and marriage, a seed that would carry on their legacy. In the same way, God can make room for us to come into that space or opportunity that will propel forward motion for us as individuals, our husbands, and our families.
- Faith without works is dead (James 2:26) – Because the Shunammite woman didn’t ask for a son, her line of reasoning was this: he who brought this child to life the first time should do so again. Possibly, the woman may have been barren (dead womb), so the first miracle was God through Elisha resurrecting her womb to carry life. Therefore, it added up perfectly for her to return to the same person to perform another resurrection miracle.
As women, we will encounter many dead situations in our everyday lives as wives, moms, daughters, employees, entrepreneurs, etc. If we constantly keep in mind that the one who can raise people and things from the dead now lives in us, we can serve as conduits for resurrection to situations & people in our lives that experience any death.
Let’s put these lessons to work.
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope and overflow with confidence in His promises. Romans 15:4 (AMP)
Author: Enam A.
Enam is a wife to a faithful man and a mom to an active little girl. She enjoys reading and learning and places a lot of value on growth. She works as a general manager with a tech startup in Ghana. She loves writing and has two blogs where she occasionally shares her ideas and experiences.