Immediately’s Textual content and Considered Encouragement:
“I do know whom I’ve believed, and am satisfied that He’s in a position to protect what I’ve entrusted to Him for that day.”
Let me Thy energy, Thy magnificence see;
So shall the hopeless labor stop,
And my free coronary heart shall comply with Thee
By means of paths of eternal peace.
My energy, Thy reward – my life Thy care,
I shall neglect to hunt elsewhere –
The wealth to which my soul is inheritor.”
Anna L. Waring
Immediately’s Research Textual content:
“And he (the king of Syria) stated, ‘Go and spy the place he’s, that I’ll ship and fetch him.’ And it was instructed him, saying, ‘Behold he’s in Dothan.’”
II Kings 6: 13
The God of Dothan – Half 1
“What Are You Doing In Dothan?”
“When God shuts a door, He opens a window.”
Have I ever discovered myself in some out of the way in which place like Dothan and requested, “What am I doing right here in __________?”
What private life expertise has taught me that if I’m following God’s will, then I’m in the suitable place regardless of how abandoned I’ll really feel?
“If God’s will is your will and if He at all times has His method (with you) you then at all times have your method additionally.”
Hannah Whitall Smith
“In me there’s darkness, however with Thee there’s gentle. I’m lonely, however Thou leavest me not; I’m feeble in coronary heart, however Thou leavest me not; I’m stressed, however with Thee there’s peace; in me there’s bitterness, however with Thee there’s endurance. Thy methods are previous understanding, however Thou is aware of the way in which for me.”
The king of Syria should have had a second of satisfaction for he had lastly came upon who the “leaker” was and who was warning the Israelites of impending hazard. This was just one very important piece of knowledge, although. Now that he had came upon “who” was the issue, his subsequent problem was “the place” was the issue.
We discover in II Kings 6: 13 that data had been uncovered which gave a “GPS” studying that pinpointed the precise location of Elisha. “And it was instructed the king of Syria – he’s in Dothan.”
Right here’s the place this story will get very attention-grabbing, certainly! For we are able to solely marvel to ourselves, “What on this planet was Elisha doing in an out-of-the-way place like Dothan?” The final we learn, he was in Gilgal by the Jordan River, offering coaching for the younger males who had been college students on the Faculty of the Prophets. Why didn’t Elisha keep there educating? Or higher but, why didn’t he transfer on to a different faculty to offer encouragement to the scholars at that facility?
The Bible doesn’t present solutions to those questions. What we do know is that one way or the other and someway, Elisha ended up in a distant little village known as Dothan. Historians have been in a position to make clear this metropolis and it appears the city itself has been round for hundreds of years. In 1953, an archeological excavation was begun on the historical website of the city and it confirmed that Dothan started about three,000 B.C. As famous by J. P. Free, “although (town) was destroyed and rebuilt many occasions, it was a thriving city in each predominant interval of Biblical and Close to Japanese historical past from three,000 B.C. by New Testomony occasions.”
Now you is perhaps pondering to your self, “Hey, Dorothy, I didn’t come to Transformation Backyard at the moment for a geography lesson, I got here for encouragement. What on this planet does Dothan and its location should do with God’s will and His steerage in my life?”
The reply could be very simple! Each certainly one of us has, at one time or one other, entered town limits of a “Dothan” in our personal lives. In truth, I’ve lived in Dothan on a number of events. Perhaps you’re in Dothan and you’re questioning why on this planet God would stick you on this seemingly God-forsaken place. Let me get particular. It could be that you’re in a job that’s completely a dead-end, at the least out of your perspective. And now, residing in Dothan looks like a pathway to nowhere. Or maybe, your marriage is “on the rocks” – it’s like you’re residing in Dothan. You end up attacked on each aspect. Or probably, you imagine, like I do, that God has known as you to work for Him. With out hesitation, you’ve gotten obediently adopted, solely to immediately have each footing in your basis crumble and you’re left dangling within the air questioning why God would name you after which pull the props out from below you.
At this juncture it’s possible you’ll be questioning why “Dothan” is town I’ve chosen to make use of to explain these powerful occasions in all our lives after we are left in a cycle of discouragement, questioning God’s guiding hand and His heavenly function for us.
Properly let me clarify. About six years in the past, once I first started to review about Elijah and Elisha and the work of God in these prophets lives, I simply occurred (I don’t actually imagine it was by chance in any respect) to return upon a reference to Elisha being trapped in Dothan by the Syrian military. You see, as soon as the king of Syria came upon who the “leaker” was and the place the “leaker” was situated, he moved with environment friendly effectiveness to shut-down Elisha’s spy-game. He despatched his military to encompass the city of Dothan, one thing Bible students inform us wouldn’t have been tough to do. Moreover, the king of Syria’s potential of efficiently capturing Elisha was very nice.
As I examine this expedition, I started performing some analysis on Dothan and low and behold, one other nice Biblical character’s identify appeared. It was Joseph. In Genesis 37, we’re instructed that Jacob despatched his grownup sons right down to Shechem so they may “feed the flock.” There was just one huge drawback with Shechem. Bear in mind how in Genesis 34, Dinah, the daughter of Leah, fell for the prince of Shechem. To make an extended, bloody story quick, Simeon and Levi two of Jacob’s sons, in revenge for the “soiling” of their sister, entered town and, “took every man his sword, and stumbled on town boldly, and slew all of the males” (Genesis 34: 25, Okay.J.V.) The entire debacle grew to become such an enormous mess that in the long run that is how Jacob summed up the scenario: “And Jacob stated to Simeon and Levi, ‘Ye have troubled me to make me stink among the many inhabitants of the land, among the many Canaanites and the Perizzites” (Genesis 34: 30, Okay.J.V.).
Now just some chapters over within the Bible, we discover that Jacob should have slipped a reminiscence cog for he despatched his boys to Shechem, hoping to seek out grazing land for his flocks. Nevertheless, as we discover in Genesis 37, the boys didn’t settle within the metropolis of Shechem. They moved on to Dothan. Having no information of the place his sons had been situated, Jacob despatched their youthful brother, Joseph, on a search mission to attempt to discover the household and flocks. When the 17 yr outdated Joseph acquired to Shechem, the Bible tells us, “A sure man discovered him, and, behold, Joseph was wandering within the area; and the person requested Joseph, saying, ‘What seekest thou?’ And Joseph stated, ‘I search my brethren: inform me, I pray thee, the place they feed their flocks.’ And the person stated, ‘They’re departed therefore, for I heard them say, Allow us to go to Dothan.’ And Joseph went after his brethren, and located them in Dothan” (Genesis 37: 15-17, Okay.J.V.).
I don’t wish to get forward of the story however let me let you know, Dothan wasn’t a terrific place to be for Joseph or Elisha, that’s in case you simply go by what we see or how they might have felt being inside Dothan’s metropolis partitions. However right here’s the very important aspect that we are going to uncover as we examine concerning the God of Dothan. Sinclair Ferguson wrote, “Steering, figuring out God’s will for our lives, is way more a matter of pondering than of feeling.” To be trustworthy, I needed to learn these phrases a number of occasions earlier than I actually related to their which means. For once I find yourself in Dothan, no matter Dothan is for you or me, and once I don’t “really feel” like God is with me or I don’t indirectly sense His mystical spirit, it’s at that very time limit once I should depend on what I do know and what I’ve discovered to be true about my heavenly Father. In different phrases, after we are really acquainted with the God of Dothan, with the qualities of His character and the depth of His gracious, loving habits towards His kids, it’s then that we will look upon any Dothan expertise, regardless of the way in which we would really feel on any given day and say, within the phrases of hymn author, Edward Plumptre, “Thy hand, O God has guided.”
In describing the scene in Dothan because the Syrian military got here after one particular person man of God, Elisha, writer and Previous Testomony scholar Dr. Leslie Hardinge shares this phrase image:
“The spies fanned out. Quickly they found that Elisha was in Dothan, ten miles or so from Samaria. Thereupon the king of Syria secretly introduced south a big detachment of his heavy tools, chariots and horsemen in addition to infantry. They crept in by night time and surrounded the little village. Dothan was on a low hill surrounding rolling plains, and will simply be invested by a military. The Syrians felt assured that they’d their noose across the neck of Elisha. They waited impatiently for the sunshine of the brand new day to tug it tight and strangle him. Throughout the metropolis of Dothan, Elisha had gone to mattress. He knew that his testimonies may effectively make him enemies. Generally we’re vulnerable to make our pillows a battlefield, and to spend sleepless nights tossing and turning and worrying! However Elisha slept. He believed that ‘He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.’”
That is the God of Dothan. The God we’re going to get to know, up shut and private within the coming days. It’s our Father who artwork in heaven however whose love and tender look after every of His kids on this earth is a sustaining love that delivers and rescues and carries us by each trial we face – regardless of how we occur to be feeling.
I like these phrases penned about our heavenly Father. Sure, the Father we’ll discover in Dothan, written in a quantity entitled, We Consider in God: “God doesn’t promise that we will be protected against the accidents and ills of this life, however that those that open themselves to Him can be empowered with the assets of endurance and perception…The well-known phrases of Philippians 4: 13 within the older variations (of Scripture), ‘I can do all issues by Christ who strengthens me,’ are within the truest sense rendered, ‘I’ve energy to deal with something.’”
That is the God we’ll actually get to know in Dothan. A God who we’ll come to imagine in and firmly depend on regardless of if we discover ourselves on the backside of a pit or surrounded by Syrian chariots and warriors.
“I dare not select my lot;
I might not if I would;
Select Thou for me, my God,
So shall I stroll aright.”
“It might not be on the mountain’s top,
Or over the stormy sea;
It might not be on the battle’s entrance
My Lord can have want of me,
But when by a nonetheless, small voice He calls
To paths I have no idea,
I’ll reply, pricey Lord,
With my hand in Thine,
I’ll go the place You need me to go.
There’s certainly someplace a lowly place
In earth’s harvest fields so extensive,
The place I’ll labor by life’s quick day
For Jesus, the Crucified.
So, trusting my all unto Thy care,
I do know Thou lovest me!
I’ll do Thy will with a coronary heart honest,
I’ll be what You need me to be.”
Your good friend,
Dorothy Valcárcel, Writer
When A Lady Meets Jesus
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