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Floating Ax Head

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about one of the miracles that’s recorded in II Kings chapter 6:1-7. It seems that there was a person who was cutting a tree down and the ax head come off of it’s handle and fell into the water and sank out of sight. My first thought is what’s up with the ax head? Second thought is why is it included in the scriptures? Could the ax head be that important? So I started digging to see what I could find.

It seems that Elisha was with what was referred to as the sons of the prophets. They were staying there for the purpose of learning about God and God’s ways from Elisha. They were the students and Elisha was their master or teacher. The number of the students had increased and the place where they were staying had become cramped, too small. So they sought his advice and asked his permission to go to the valley of Jordan and cut some trees to use to build a bigger place for them to stay in. He said to go and he went with them. Then the tree cutting started.

Suddenly one of the men had a problem with his ax. The handle broke and the ax head went into the water and sank out of sight. To make things worse, it was an axe that he had borrowed. That meant that he would have to replace it. (Exodus 22:14) He then called out to Elisha and said master it is gone. Elisha asked where did it fall in and they showed him the spot where it fell. He cut a stick and threw it in where the axe head had gone under and the ax head floated back to the top.

I can see the scene now. Just as he took a big swing back with the ax, the head came off and found the river. His heart probably sank quicker than the ax head as he realized that it was going to cost him to replace it. I’ve been there and done that. Borrow a tool and then it breaks. That puts you in a bad position. Some commentary I read pointed out that this was a picture of what Christ does for us. We owed a sin debt that we couldn’t pay and he paid it for us on the cross. Another I read made the point that when we fail and fall into the mud of this world, God is very capable of lifting us up out of the mud of our failure and restoring us. I like both those thoughts.

But the application that I like draws a comparision for us when we are working with God and problems arise. Sometimes when we are being faithful and we’re working and we’re learning about God, things will go wrong without any warning or without any real cause. We’re trying our best to be what it is that we’re supposed to be and then the enemy throws something at us trying to distract us or trying to slow us down, we can be assured that God is still there and that He will help us. The reason the ax head went down in the river is because it was heavier than the water. That being the case, gravity took over and down it went. But when the man of God acted with faith that God would help, he suspended the law of gravity and made the ax head float. For me, reading about this ax head reminds me that He is in charge of everything, even making iron float which we all know is impossible.

 Not one concern of ours is small,
If we belong to him;
To teach us this, the Lord of all,
Once made the iron swim.

from the borrowed axe by John newton

The verse above is from a song by John Newton. Here’s a link to the rest of the verses.

I hope you have been encouraged in some small way with this post. Have a great day and know that God loves you!

Spring 2013 and Easter

This is a post I made in spring 2013. I thought it was worth posting again. Hope you enjoy!

I’m looking out the window at the car lot watching things move as a slight breeze is in the air, little specks of snow are twirling in the air as if they are dancing in rhythm with the breeze, and it’s warm in the office so all in all,  things are good.

Then I have to go outside.

Suddenly, the gentle breeze is fierce and will cut you in two. (seems like) AND the snow specks are like little aggravating insects hitting me in the face. AND, it’s COLD outside!

WOW! Just a few feet difference in my position on earth seem to make a huge difference in how I view and experience things. The breeze didn’t change. The snow specks didn’t change. The temperature didn’t drop suddenly. All that changed was my physical position in relation to the elements around me. And what a huge effect it had on my experience.

That’s the way it is when you become a Christian. Not one thing in the world changes, except you!

This life is full of troubles. Everything from sickness, money problems, job problems, marriage problems, family problems, loneliness, depression, loss of loved ones, etc…… The list could go on and on as it seems that there are almost as many problems as there are people. Life is hard. Jesus said it himself in John 16:33These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

I for one am very glad that this verse is recorded in the scriptures. Being a Christian does not mean that problems vanish. Problems are a way of life in this world. Jesus said that in the world we would have tribulation. AND He said to be of good cheer, because HE has overcome the world. AND He is willing to help us overcome the world also. Jesus is telling his followers about the Holy Spirit and how he would come to be with them after He is gone. They didn’t understand why Jesus was leaving or where He was going, but Jesus was reassuring them they would not be alone.

When we become a Christian, we also have God’s Holy Spirit living inside us to teach us, comfort us and guide us.

Remember at the beginning of this post how that a small change in my physical position made a huge difference in the way I experienced the things outside? Remember how I said this was like becoming a Christian? Here’s why. The office is a warm place that offers me protection from the cold, the wind, the snow specks, and whatever is outside. It’s a place that I can go to escape all the harsh ugly stuff we call weather. Just a few feet difference in my PHYSICAL position makes the difference. Likewise, just a small step in my SPIRITUAL position makes a huge difference in the way I experience life’s problems. Just like the weather, the problems are still there, but now God’s Holy Spirit is alive in me, comforting me, guiding me and giving me peace. I still have problems, but now experience them in a whole new way. I don’t have an office that I go to, but I have a God that comes to me. He comforts me, gives me peace, uses my problems to glorify Himself and in the end, shares that with me. He’s pretty awesome.

In a few weeks, we will celebrate the death, burial and most importantly resurrection of Jesus Christ. He has overcome all that this world had to offer. And through Jesus Christ, I will also.

 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:9-10

The “Sinner’s Prayer”

Here’s a link to an interesting article by David Platt and a sermon that he presented on the “Sinner’s Prayer”. This should give all of us something to think about as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The quote below is from the article and the link below  is to Christianity Today.

My concerns are not about prayer or election, but about authentic conversion and regenerate church membership.

Source: David Platt: What I Really Think About the ‘Sinner’s Prayer,’ Conversion, Mission, and Deception | Christianity Today

Answered Prayer

Last week was race week at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is always a pleasure to go visit and meet the race fans and if possible share Jesus with them. It wears me out physically but at the same time, I get to see God at work and be a part of His work.

Then Sunday evening I got to help lead our youngest grandchild to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She is now excited and can’t wait until she is “bap-ti-tized” as she says it. Yesterday I had the pleasure of talking with a man whom I had never met, about rededicating his life to Jesus. He had suffered a heart attack Friday and is now recovering. My son in law gave my number to his friend after they mentioned that he would like to talk to a preacher about his life and how to “get right with God” as they put it. I called and spoke with him and prayed with him over the phone. Hope to get to meet him sometime soon.

For a while I have been praying for a problem that my family has been going through and at times I have asked God to just let me see him at work so that I know He is there. My faith knows that He is always present, but my human limits try to tell me that it’s all in vain. I believe God answered my prayer this week in the people he set before me to share His word with them. And I count it the highest honor that one could ever receive to be asked by God himself to minister to another.

All praise honor and glory go to Jesus, my Savior and Lord.