In yesterday’s (chronological) Bible reading… 2Kings 1-4… we read of the beginning of Elisha’s ministry.
Elijah is considered a “major” prophet. While all of the prophets should be considered “major”, Elijah was one of the more significant in the Bible. Though he didn’t write like Isaiah or Jeremiah did, more is written about Elijah than about many other prophets. And he worked many miracles throughout his ministry. He even left in a miraculous way! It was such a miracle, in fact, that he is only 1 of 2 people in the Bible never to have died. He was taken straight to Heaven in a fiery chariot.
Elijah was an amazing guy, but only because his God was amazing.
When Elijah left this earth, there was still work to be done. And, his assistant – and best friend – Elisha was there to take Elijah’s place. It must have been intimidating for Elisha, but God equipped him to do what he needed to do. In case Elisha doubted it, God worked a miracle through him, right from the point of taking up Elijah’s mantle.
God has a work to be done… in your life, and through your life. But, if you refuse to be a part of God’s plan, He will find someone else who will work with Him. And, if you have been obedient to Him, and have worked with Him, when your time of service is finished… He will pass that work on to the next faithful person.