Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
by C. H. Spurgeon, Revised and Edited by W. C. Neff
“The iron axe head floated.”
—2 Kings 6:6
In this story about Elijah, an ax head [had broken from its handle and had fallen into a stream]. It seemed to be hopelessly lost. And since it had been borrowed, the honor of the prophet was in danger of being lost– along with the reputation of his God. Contrary to all expectations, however, Elijah called on God and the piece of iron was raised from the riverbed and began to float. Things that are impossible with man are possible with God.
I knew a man in Christ who was called to undertake a work far exceeding his ability. It appeared so difficult that the idea of even attempting it was absurd. Yet he knew he was called to do it. His faith rose to the occasion. God honored his faith, sent unexpected aid, and the ax head began to float!
Another of the Lord’s family was in terrible financial difficulty which came upon him suddenly. He sought for friends to help him, but to no avail. His faith led him to seek God, the unfailing helper, and lo and behold, the trouble was averted, and the iron ax-head began to float.
A third person I know had a terrible case of fleshly habits to conquer. He had taught, reproved, warned, invited, and interceded, but all in vain. The stubborn spirit would not relent. But then he agonized in a special season of prayer, and before long a blessed answer was sent from heaven. The hard heart was broken, and the ax-head began to float!
Dear reader, what are you facing that is so desperate? What heavy matter has you in its grip? Bring it to the Lord! The God of the prophets lives, and He lives to help his saints. He will not allow you to lack any good thing. Believe in the Lord of hosts! Plead the name of Jesus, and the iron ax head will float! You, too, will see the finger of God. May it be unto you according to your faith. [M&E]