What kind of guy would I be if I walked out when she needed me most?
Reference: v.4 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: The other day I watched a heart-warming, tear-jerking clip from the American Idol auditions. Chris Medina was the contestant trying his luck in the singing competition however he had more than just an amazing voice. Just over a year ago Chris was due to marry the love of his life when she had a tragic accident and suffered a brain injury. He had faith that she would wake up from the comma and she did, but not without many physical and mental challenges as a result of the accident. Caring for such a person is a full time job and no one would have thought badly of Chris, who was just 25 at the time, if he was to say good bye and move on with his life. However Chris says in the clip, “I was just about to make vows just two months from the accident: Through thick and thin, ‘Til death do us part, In sickness and in health, For better or for worst. What kind of guy would I be if I walked out when she needed me most?” Now that is incredible commitment.
Application: It’s similar to the commitment that Elisha had to his prophetic mentor Elijah. In 2 Kings chapter 2 we see that Elijah gives Elisha a number of chances to walk away and yet Elisha declares that he will never leave Elijah. We have a lot to learn from these two men – Chris and Elisha. So often, when the going gets tough we just want to bail, take off or bury our head in the sand. However these guys held true through thick and then. It’s easy to be loyal when the going is good and you are reaping the benefits. However true loyalty is sticking around even after you stop gaining the rewards.
Prayer: Lord, you promise never to leave us. Even when we must hurt and frustrate you, you are loyal to us. Thank you. Amen.
Is there a relationship in your life that deserves more loyalty?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.