The Insignificant Miracle

Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 6,7; 2 Chronicles 20; 1 Timothy 3

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Kings 6:1-7

Yesterday we read about some fairly significant miracles that God performed through the prophet Elisha.  He multiplied oil, healed a leper, and raised a boy from death as He exhibited His great love for His people. In light of those miracles, the story in today’s key passage seems almost out of place and insignificant.  In today’s story, Elisha and some of the prophets went to the Jordan River where they began to cut down trees to build a place to live.  As one of the prophets was cutting down a tree, the head of his ax fell into the water of the Jordan.  The prophet was immediately disheartened by this, because the ax he was using was borrowed.  The prophet was undoubtedly worried about having to explain to the owner what happened to his ax, but Elisha was not at all concerned.  Elisha asked the prophet where the axhead fell, and then threw a stick into the water at the spot in which the axhead was last seen.  As soon as the stick hit the water, the iron axhead immediately began to float, and the prophet was able to retrieve it.

Do you see what I mean about this event sounding almost out of place?  It is easy for us to understand why a story about God healing a leper or raising a dead boy is included in the Bible, but when it comes to a story like this it just does not seem to compare.  This miracle seems insignificant, and it is sometimes hard for us to understand why God would intervene into something as trivial as a lost axhead.  Upon further review, however, we can begin to understand that the relative triviality of this event is exactly why it is included in God’s Word.  See, we all expect to see God healing the sick.  We expect for Him to help the poor.  We even expect for Him to raise the dead.  These are all big events, and are exactly the kind of events we expect God to get involved in solving.  But God cares about a lot more than just the big events.  He also cares about the trivial, insignificant events in our lives.  He cares about the lost axhead, and He cares about all of the things that you might think are too unimportant to bring to God in prayer.  When I was younger, I used to wrongly think that I would be “bothering” God by taking insignificant things to Him.  I rationalized that the God of the universe was far too busy to care about the small details of my life.  I was putting God into a box, and I was limiting His influence in the areas of my life that I deemed trivial.  God wants to be involved in all aspects of your life.  He wants to be involved in every event, and every decision.  The next time you are facing something that seems trivial or unimportant, do not be afraid to take it to God, because nothing is too insignificant for Him.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on June 21, 2015, in 12 - 2 Kings and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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