2 Kings chapter 6 continues to detail the ministry of the prophet Elisha in the midst of national decay and turmoil. In these first seven verses we see the record of a wondrous miracle: Elisha makes an iron axe head float. Throughout the greater context of 2 Kings, Elisha is seen as a great blessing from God to both God’s people and to the nation.
It is important to remember that this miracle in verses 1-7 is not only a true, historical account of Elisha and Israel, but as a part of God’s breathed record, this account is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness that God’s people may be fitted out, equipped for every good work (ministry) in a hurting world (2 Timothy 3:16-17). This miraculous account illustrates eternal truths that are relevant for today or any time in history. While God has varied the way He works in human history from one time to another, certain spiritual principles never vary, but are eternal as they speak of God’s character, care, providence, and man’s need to walk in righteousness by trusting in the love and provision of God.
If God will not let one of his faithful servants lose an iron axe head, surely he is just as concerned for you and for your needs. Surely, your salvation is a far greater matter than a lost axe head; yet it is accomplished by the same God. Can you not say, “I trust in Him and His son Jesus Christ for my salvation?” It is the same God who saves you and the same God who is involved in a seemingly trivial, incidental thing … a lost iron axe head. This is our God. Do you feel a pull on your heart to serve him more faithfully in the light of His great faithfulness and saving power and grace? Do we not pray with significance for God to give us this day our daily bread? May our hearts be set upon Him and may we serve Him faithfully all the remaining days of our lives.
Not one concern of ours is small
If we belong to Him,
To teach us this, the Lord of all
Once made the iron to swim.