“All is Well!”

“Run at once to meet her and say to her, ‘Is all well with you? Is all well with your husband? Is all well with the child?’” And she answered, “All is well”” (2 Kings 4:26).

In 2 kings 4, we read the story of Elisha and the wealthy Shunammite woman. When Elisha visited Shunem, she urged him to visit her house for a meal. Overtime she prepared a room in her home for him, so that whenever he visited, he had a place to stay. Elisha was moved by her compassion and asked the woman if there was anything that he could offer her. The woman did not request anything from Elisha, but he was convinced that he needed to reward her kindness. Elisha’s servant Gehazi told him, that the woman did not have a child and her husband was old. He sent for the woman and prophesied concerning her conception.

“And he said, “At this season, about this time next year, you shall embrace a son.” And she said, “No, my Lord, O man of God; do not lie to your servant”” (2 Kings 4:16). Just like Elisha said, the woman conceived and gave birth to a son at spring time. When the child was grown, he went with his father in the field and cried out from a pain in his head. The servant was instructed to take the child to his mother. The boy sat on her lap until noon and died. The woman took her son’s body and placed him on Elisha’s bed. She asked her husband to send her a servant with a donkey, so that she could quickly go to see Elisha.

“And he said, “Why will you go to him today? It is neither new moon nor Sabbath.” She said, “All is well”” (2 Kings 4:23). The passage does not indicate whether or not, the woman told her husband that the child had died. The passage suggests that he may have still been in the fields, as she sent to request a servant and a donkey. Either way her response to his queries about her travels was; ‘all is well.’ The woman urged her servant to ride quickly to visit Elisha at Mount Carmel. Elisha saw her from a distance and sent his servant to ask about her and her family. Her response to Elisha’s questions was; ‘all is well.’

When the woman got to Elisha, she threw herself at his feet in distress. “Then she said, “Did I ask my Lord for a son? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me’”” (2 Kings 4:28)? Elisha sent Gehazi ahead with his staff to lay it on the face of the child. Nevertheless, the woman refused to leave Elisha, so he went with her to her house. Gehazi laid the staff on the child, but there was no sign of life, so he returned to Elisha. Elisha went into his room where the child laid dead and prayed unto God. He laid his face on the child and stretched himself over him and the child became warm. When he repeated this action, the child sneezed seven times and then opened his eyes.

The woman’s son came back to life. Despite the anguish which she displayed when she met Elisha, I am encouraged by her faith and her declaration that, ‘all is well.’ She first made this statement to her husband and then to Elisha’s servant, when he came to meet her on the way. I like her initial reaction when her son died, in placing him on the bed of the prophet. The child was born through the word spoken by Elisha and she trusted that God would use him to bring him back to life. The promises of God never fails and tests and trials will try to nullify the word of God. Stay in faith and trust that God’s word cannot lie. We speak in the face of adversity and no matter difficult the circumstance, we declare that, ‘all is well.’

A.P.-Y.

11 thoughts on ““All is Well!”

  1. Great word my sister!
    I am always amazed at how you women can get into supernatural faith for the impossible especially something concerning the seed( our children).
    Here in Zimabwe we have stories of women who literally wrestled with crocodiles to rescue their babies from being the meal of predators.
    I believe that you are also like that against the hold of the enemy over our families and children .
    You can really stand eye ball to eye ball with enemy.
    I now appreciate that now because I married a spiritual woman.
    It’s really a blessing she will just bring comfort and encourament with those words,” It is well”.

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    1. Amen Evidence. Women have an innate instinct to protect their children at whatever cost. I think it has to do with the proximity of carrying a child in the womb and the bond created during nursing. Imagine the bible saying, ‘can a woman forget her child or the son of her womb?’ Some women struggle to bond due to their own traumas in childhood, but those woman who are rightly connected are dangerous to the enemy. I have seen that maternal instinct kick in so many times in my mother. It is fiercely protective and I wouldn’t want to be on the other end of it. Together with my father, they created an army of defence. Bless you 🙏🏾

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  2. Amen! This story also reveals that life flows through physical contact and connection. When Elisha prayed and laid upon the boy, he began to warm up and to show evidence of life, until he was finally resurrected. Indeed we need physical contact with our friends and love ones!! Unfortunately, the pandemic has taken so much of our gathering opportunities from us…still social media is not enough!! It can only mimic an authentic social setting, but it will never replace real relationships and true Godly fellowship!!

    Again, if two lie down together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone (Eccl 4:11)

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    1. Amen Tam. The spirit of deception has crept into our churches and many people have remained at home since the pandemic. The bible specifically prescribed the assembling together of the saints and even recommends the laying on of hands for the sick. We continue to pray that God will continue to restore our places of corporate worship. Bless you. 🙏🏾❤️💖

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  3. I hadn’t noticed her reply before but when, “We speak in the face of adversity and no matter difficult the circumstance, we declare that, ‘all is well.”’ We know it is for we are in God’s hands.

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