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2 Kings 4:18-37

Why did Gehazi run ahead
When Elisha was on the way?
It seems he’d already left
When he heard the prophet say

“Don’t walk, but run and don’t distract
It’s urgent you obey,
Place my staff on the child’s face!”
And Gehazi did not delay.

And yet, he wasn’t able
To bring the child to life
Even though he obeyed full well
He could not ease their strife

Imagine as he walked away
Seeing Elisha and woman appear
Wondering if they will ask
As they both came near

He confessed, deflatedly
“The child did not wake.”
Elisha still went to his room
And prayed for the child’s’ sake.

The methods of this revival
I’ll never understand.
Warming the boy who sneezed seven times
Was somehow in God’s plan.

But as I read the story
While my own prayers over me tower,
I pray to have Gehazi obedience
With Elisha’s Holy Spirit power.

1 Kings 17:17-24

When sickness came into the house
The mistress gave God the blame
Elijah had no desire to
See her bear such pain

He carried the boy up to his room
Perhaps a bit unsure
But certain God would hear his prayer
And know his heart was pure

He knew God was the source of life
And He was up to the task
He also knew that certain things
All you have to do is ask.

It is not a prescription for all ages
Not an equation for us today
It doesn’t mean if you stretch three times
That death will go away.

But within the mysteries of God
There are some things we know
That God is God, and death is not,
And what He says – is so.

God revealed in Jesus,
Told His disciples not to fear-
What can happen to the body,
And so it comes more clear.

The miracle of Elijah
Helping the child to revive
Pales next to God offering everyone
To be made New Creation Alive.

Ezekiel 36:8-15

God addresses the mountains
Not from a poetic heart
Our role within creation
Was designed from the start

That role was made imbalanced
By the entering in of sin
And so God speaks on our behalf
A new season about to begin

As God’s people return to be His
Creation is impacted
The way land and humanity worship
Has changed the way they interacted

No longer will they treat the land
As something to subdue
They worship its creator
And His honor they pursue.

As humanity returns to till the land
And sow a more fruitful seed
They find it capable of offering them
More of what they need

We are not saved by our own hands
Yet creation will be blessed
When we humbly care for her
Instead of exploiting her treasure chest

God’s plan for salvation
goes way beyond our hearts
Nevertheless we can’t forget
That is the place it starts…

Isaiah 59:9-19

He saw there was no justice
Our lives were in despair
His children lived in darkness
And He could not leave us there

We stumbled around blindly
We made only animal sounds
There was no one among us
Who could turn everything around

His loved moved Him to action
Salvation on our behalf
To those who stood for injustice
They were forced to face His wrath

Light for those in darkness
Living Word for those who groan,
As Jesus, our redeemer
Gave His life and gained the throne.

We watch with admiration
His loving sacrifice we see
And through our grateful worship
We hear Him say “follow me”.

Step boldly into injustice
On behalf of those without a voice
I’ve given you my own heart
But you’ll still need to make a choice

Know that I am with you,
The source of all you need.
It’s not your job to break the chains
Simply announce – they have been freed.

1 Samuel 16:1-13

How long will we mourn what wasn’t,
When God calls us toward what could be?
Samuel feared the wrath of Saul
God continues – “Obey me.”

Samuel sacrificed along with Jesse
And seven of his sons
As each one passed God let them go
For this was not the one.

Mankind sees what’s on the outside
But the Lord looks on the heart
There was an eighth son tending sheep
Who wasn’t there from the start

It hadn’t even occurred to them
To bring David inside.
It wasn’t that they actively
Were attempting him to hide.

They had assumed the obvious
God wants to use the strong
But looking back we’re reminded
Whose strength filled David’s songs

So often we mistake meekness
For humble gentle hearts
But God pushes away our excuses
Hitching His horses to our carts

For it is in our weakness
Gods light has room to shine
If you’d assumed He’d use someone else
God whispers – “now’s the time…”

1 Samuel 15:10-21

There are some bits of scripture
That can make us insecure,
Even if we’re involved in good things
And feel like we’re living pure.

Even if God called us
Forever changing our direction –
What if God regrets His call
Upon closer inspection?

What if my response
To all the Lord has entrusted
Makes Him regret to have chosen me
& if His plan I’ve busted?

But just because it’s possible
Does not mean it will start.
These aren’t questions on the radar
Of a disappointing heart.

If you’re humbly nervous
About disappointing Jesus
We’re reminded here – don’t ignore God
(Or hack a man to pieces.)

Turn away from pride,
To God only should you kneel.
Obey what He’s made clear
And live toward His Love revealed.

For there was one who pleased God
He calls us – “follow me.”
He has given us His Spirit
And from sin has set us free.

Jeremiah 2:4-13

“Examine your foundations.”
God tells the families of His people.
Stop being proud that the highest tower
In your nation is the steeple.

Appearances aren’t always great
At measuring what’s inside
God has seen through every way
Adams’ children have tried to hide

God has offered living water
We’ve been created for.
We’ve turned from Him to dig larger pits
Protesting “these will help hold more!”

Hear in these words the heart of God
Whose children have gone astray.
It’s not as simple as a child
Who chooses not to obey.

It’s an entire people
Who decide not to be alive.
Even though their father has made sure
In the promised land they’d arrive

He will not force His will on them
But on their behalf He’ll speak
And becomes His Loving Word in Flesh
Found by those who seek.

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