There is a interesting record in 2 Kings 2. It recounts Elijah coming to the end of the ministry. 50 years he served Israel, fighting idolatry of its kings and calling people back to God.

God in His faithfulness sent a replacement. An energetic youth named Elisha who willingly left all to follow the leading of the Lord.

He accompanied Elijah while he made his way to where God would whisk him away.

Three times Elijah told  Elisha to wait. In Bethel, Jericho and Jordan.  But Elisha stayed right with him saying, “As the Lord liveth, and as my soul liveth I will not leave thee.”

After crossing the Jordan Elijah saw the dedication of the young man and asked,  “What I shall do for thee?”  Elisha answered, “Let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” Elijah replied, “Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if  you see me when I am taken it shall be, but if not, it shall not be!”

When he answered Elisha, who would it have been hard for? Was he referring to the difficulties Elisha would have to go through watching him leave? Or the solitary life he would live once Elijah was gone? Whatever he meant did not dissuade Elisha.

They were yet walking up the road talking when the chariot and horse of fire had to separate them. Elisha perhaps thrown to the ground in the wake of the whirlwind gazing after him, and then saw him no more.

His mentor, his teacher, his spiritual father was no longer with him.  Surely the feeling of brevity washed over him. He’d witnessed what no other man alive had witnessed, yet he was alone.  Broken, he tore his clothing as a sign of mourning.

At what point did he remember the prophet promise?  Getting to his feet he gathered the mantle that fell from Elijah, went back to the river and smote the waters and said, “Where is the God of Elijah?” The waters parted. The God of Elijah was now working through Elisha.

I can’t imagine how he felt at such a phenomenal occurrence.

You may ask, “why people don’t experience that type of breakthrough?” Let’s exam the account closer:

Elisha was a farmer and his calling came as he plowed his field. He butchered his oxen and used his plow as firewood to cook them (Elijah and himself) a feast.  He said to his father farewell and left to serve Elijah who served the Living God.

No fanfare, no fuss.

Elisha was first mention in 1 Kings 19 and wasn’t mentioned again until 2 Kings 2.

As he dutifully followed Elijah, did Elisha sense the battle and the work it would take to turn such a hard people?
Did he feel the coldness of the times?
Was it revealed to him, to attempt to do anything his master taught he’d need twice as much on board?
He waited and wouldn’t be put off his square.

How often do people weary of the wait or the fight! The invisible existence of a steward of God subsides being chipped away as pride comes alive.

Well-wishers want to advise without wisdom. Gain-sayers move you from your conviction because it doesn’t take “All That” just before the blessings come.

Had Elisha missed that, nothing else would have mattered. It was a done deal. He waited and learned.  Making a comfortable relationship, convincing Elijah he’d serve God with his whole heart.
When we are moved you can’t abound. You can’t keep your faith intact and without it we can’t be steadfast., which means to be firmly fixed in a place. In a place God has placed you and not another’s.

God won’t empower us if we are out of place. If you are subject to change God can’t trust you.

Christ said, “Upon this rock I will build My church.” He is the rock of Our salvation. The Gates of hell will not prevail neither will it be moved.  We don’t have to move. I Corinthians 15:58 states: …be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

During Elisha’s final illness he was yet a servant about God’s business.  Abounding in sickness and in death.