On the 4th of July we say “Let Freedom Reign” but one of our biggest freedoms is the freedom to forgive. It IS God given freedom to forgive and be forgiven. It is also God’s command to forgive. Freedom isn’t free, it costs the price of forgiveness.
In earthly living, ignorance, oversight, and accidents happen. Especially when you borrow something, you want to be especially cautious in how you treat it. If you are holding materials for someone, if you are borrowing a neighbor’s tools, if you are giving someone a ride – that’s certainly worth being extra careful. You are often borrowing trust. If you are watching a house or pet, there is trust in all ways, including by the pet…
Accidents do happen and repayments may be a substituted if it is material. Yet if it is our word that is broken, then owning up and asking FORGIVENESS is the best response. Likewise, GIVING FORGIVENESS is the best thing we can do. And pray. PRAY. Pray…
Elisha’s story as a prophet includes a tiny incident where an axhead was lost, flew off the stick into the water, OOPS! Instantly the woodcutter seems to have felt bad, so he asked Elisha immediately. Good thing Elisha was there. That’s their equivalent to asking God’s help instantly, since Elisha was so revered. We too should ask for God’s help in all things, including lost things. We need to remember He is already present. We can ask on other’s behalfs too. AND WE SHOULD ASK HIS FORGIVENESS ANYTIME WE CAN.
In this lost and found story is the substitution of tossing a piece of wood into the water and instead seeing the valuable ax iron float back up. This was not offered as a neat trick, but it was symbolic in many ways (especially if you consult scholars and connective minds all over the media streams. It could connect to many scenarios. Trust me the scholars have not left any rock unturned or wood tossed)… We should try to scratch the surface of understanding within our own Holy Spirit seeking, and importantly, being an old testament teaching, we find this connects to TRUSTING GOD at minimum and at maximum to Jesus as substitute for our sins. FORGIVENESS.
There is more value in freedom of forgiveness and in friendship than all earthly things that fade away. Just think of the family feuds over pennies or plates, furniture or farms. Reliability too is a family value. Either you are or aren’t reliable in their eyes and them in yours… We always seem to remember those wrecks. And yet, think of misunderstandings where forgiveness would be the MOST generous of gifts.
Forgiveness is Priceless.
Then think of unforgivable things, and that’s where we have to substitute Jesus forgiveness, because even the impossible forgiveness floats will float. Toss Jesus in and find He was already in the mix waiting for us.
Consult the Lord first. Before hiding the incident, consult the Lord. Before over-thinking, consult the Lord. Before borrowing or lending, consult the Lord. And trust Him even and especially if you don’t trust the situation.
At the beginning of this story, the workers asked Elisha to come with them before they started working. That’s another important aspect we sometimes overlook. Ask help in advance. I remember a trip to an event and my driver offered a prayer for safe travels before we went out of the parking lot. Ask guidance. It WILL be given.
We know that God can do all things. Let us align with God. Forgiveness is His freedom gift to us.
We know people and situations are broken. Let us align with God.
God’s got this.
Let’s “Let Forgiveness Reign”.
2nd Kings 6
An Axhead Floats
The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. 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.”
Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?”
“I will,” Elisha replied. And he went with them.
They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh no, my lord!” he cried out. “It was borrowed!”
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. “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.