The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, June 11, 2022, comes to us from Andrew Michael Ardoin of Louisiana.
1 The company of the prophets said to Elisha, "Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. 2 Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet." And he said, "Go." 3 Then one of them said, "Won't you please come with your servants?" "I will," Elisha replied. 4 And he went with them. They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. 5 As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axe head fell into the water. "Oh no, my lord!" he cried out. "It was borrowed!" 6 The man of God asked, "Where did it fall?" When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. 7 "Lift it out," he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it. 2 Kings 6:1-7 NIV
Sometimes I doubt that God cares about the mundane aspects of my life. Yet at the same time, how I handle the mundane things reveals my character. After all, Jesus commends those who are faithful with small things (see Matt. 25:23). I work in a research office. A senior professor at the office has a library of reference books and lets me borrow them. One day the book I needed was missing. I felt certain I had returned it when I last used it, but I couldn’t be sure. This technical book would be expensive to replace. Then I remembered Elisha and the floating ax head. I recalled the words of scripture, “Alas, master! It was borrowed.”
I wanted to demonstrate godly stewardship and Christian character in the workplace, so I prayed, “Lord, if I misplaced the book, remind me where I put it. If someone else took the book, may it be returned.” After about n10 days, the book showed up on the professor’s desk. I don’t equate the book’s return with a miraculously buoyant ax head, but I am always encouraged by answered prayer. God’s concern for us is beyond measure. We can trust God to bring resolution to any situation, even when it seems insignificant.
Our reflection reminds us that God cares about our concerns, no matter how simple they might seem. God cares about all our concerns, not matter how insignificant they may seem to us. I invite you to think about what concerns, no matter how mundane, you could turn over to God.
O Lord, help us to honor you through faithful stewardship of your gifts. Amen.
--Andrew Michael Ardoin
To be faithful with what we borrow.
Thought for the Day:
None of my concerns is insignificant to God.